Democratic Councilman Lew Fidler will announce his intentions to run for the special election to replace Carl Kruger in the State Senate at 1pm next Monday. In an email to supporters, the campaign makes it crystal clear that this will be the official announcement event. “At 1 pm, he’s officially announcing his candidacy for the State Senate on the steps of City Hall,” they write.
“But this is much more than an official announcement. It’s a clear, loud and resounding message to the press, to the district and to the world that the community – the whole community – stands with Lew. But that message will only be as loud, clear and resounding as is the size of the group of you we have there. ”
Councilman Fidler has long been expected to make the campaign. Over the last year, he’s been raising hundreds of thousands of dollars and locking up the necessary establishment support to become the nominee. Councilman Fidler previously publicly solicited support for his State Senate campaign but declined to officially confirm his intentions on the record. The incumbent in the district, then-State Senator Carl Kruger, pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges and resigned just a few weeks ago.
For his part, Mr. Fidler’s likely Republican opponent, attorney David Storobin, opened his campaign office just yesterday and has been actively pursuing the race as well.
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the election would take place on March 20th, officially setting the special election into motion. The district, which is largely Democratic in registration but trending Republican in recent years, could be the set of an extremely spirited campaign.