Demonstrating that Mother Nature goes about her work without fear or favor, several prominent New York political figures were among the thousands who had their homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy this week.
In the middle of an interview with the Queens Times Ledger, for example, Far Rockaway Councilman James Sanders exclaimed, “A tree has fallen on my wife’s car.” Asked whether he wished he had left his flooded neighborhood, which was in the mandatory evacuation Zone A, Mr. Sanders expressed only one regret.
“I expected this and worse,” he said. “I regret not moving my wife’s car.”
Yesterday afternoon, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s senior adviser Carlo Scissura announced he was dropping out of the race to succeed his term-limited boss and will instead be heading up the borough’s local chamber of commerce. Although he was never necessarily the front runner in the race or intimidating other candidates from entering, his exit does leave State Senator Eric Adams as the lone contender for the position, which could encourage potential candidates to take a second look.
State Senator Eric Adams put an end to speculation about which office he would seek, announcing in an email to supporters this afternoon, “At the behest of many of you, Eric has decided to pursue his dream to run for the office of Brooklyn Borough President in 2013. “
Mr. Adams had been rumored to either be a BP candidate in 2013 or make a run for Public Advocate, but the email today–sent by his chief of staff, Ingrid Lewis-Martin–makes plain that he has decided to go with the former.
“The road to Borough Hall is long and can be rocky, but with your continued support we can pave the way and set a smooth course,” the email reads. “I will send you periodic emails and news updates to keep you informed and abreast of all of the ways in which you can be a part of our journey to Brooklyn Borough Hall.”
Carlo Scissura, an aide to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, happily announced this morning that he’s raised a solid $126,765 so far in his quest to replace his boss, who’s term-limited out in 2013. The numbers were first reported by City & State. “I am humbled by the extensive support my campaign has received from people across our borough” Mr. Scissura said in a release.
Councilman Lew Fidler is preparing to run for the State Senate seat in Brooklyn’s 27th District that was vacated after Carl Kruger resigned after pleading guilty to corruption charges. Councilman Fidler revealed his plans in a Facebook post last night where he solicited support from his friends.
“Folks, as I prepare to announce my candidacy for the State Senate seat vacated by Carl Kruger, I am compiling a list of folks who are involved with community organizations who I can list as supporters,” Councilman Fidler wrote. “If you are willing—BLESS YOU—please contact me here on Facebook or by email.”
Assemblyman Nick Perry told The Politicker this afternoon that he is considering making a run for Brooklyn borough president in 2013.
“I am giving it very serious consideration,” Perry said.
Perry is the deputy majority leader of the Assembly, but has been one of the quieter members of the chamber. He made some noise earlier this year when he voted in favor of same-sex marriage, after voting against it three times.
Asked to make his case for why he was the right man for the job, Perry said,
State Senator Kevin Parker is quietly laying the groundwork for a run for Brooklyn borough president, according to a source close to the lawmaker.
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Anyone looking for a Bloomberg-Markowitz connection — especially as the Borough President has started to come around on opening a Wal-Mart in Brooklyn, which Bloomberg supports – will probably extract some deep meaning from the end of this Chris Bragg story:
One influential political player optimistic about the prospects of a Scissura campaign is political operative Bradley Tusk, who ran Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2009 re-election campaign. Tusk said he believes the experience derived working for Markowitz and the borough president’s endorsement could make up for Scissura’s lack of name recognition.