Melissa Mark-Viverito Set to Hire Former State Senate Contender

Jay Otaño. (Photo: Facebook)
Jason Otaño. (Photo: Facebook)

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is set to hire Jason Otaño, an attorney and former candidate for the state senate and assembly, a spokesman for the office confirmed to the Observer.

Mr. Otaño will join the general counsel’s office of the City Council, though his exact title and salary have yet to be defined.

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Candidate for Vito Lopez Seat Would Be ‘Hard-Pressed’ to Support Shelly Silver

Jason Otaño speaks at a New Kings Democrats forum.
Jason Otaño speaks at the New Kings Democrats forum.

A candidate running to fill disgraced ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s empty seat said Wednesday he would be “hard-pressed” to vote for Shelly Silver as his speaker because of Mr. Silver’s mishandling of the sexual harassment allegations that forced Mr. Lopez out.

Assembly Democrats have thus far been reluctant to discuss leadership changes, despite the fact that a majority of voters would like to see Mr. Silver go. But attorney Jason Otaño, the favorite of anti-Lopez activists, was blunt when posed the question at a forum last night.

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Dilan Staffer to Run for Vito Lopez’s Seat Too

Charvey Gonzalez. (Photo: Facebook)
Charvey Gonzalez. (Photo: Facebook)

The race to replace former Assemblyman Vito Lopez won’t simply be a one-on-one affair.

Charvey Gonzalez, an aide to State Senator Martin Dilan, is also joining the field, which already includes district leader Maritza Davila and attorney Jay Otaño.

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