Clyde Vanel Loans Himself 100k to Take on Malcolm Smith

Clyde Vanel. (Photo: Vanel Campaign)
Clyde Vanel. (Photo: Vanel Campaign)

If Clyde Vanel fails to defeat indicted State Senator Malcolm Smith, it won’t be for lack of start-up cash.

According to the latest campaign finance filings, Mr. Vanel, a business attorney, loaned himself a sizable $100,000 to launch his campaign against Mr. Smith, a southeastern Queens Democrat charged last year in a bribery scheme to land himself on the GOP mayoral ballot. Continue reading “Clyde Vanel Loans Himself 100k to Take on Malcolm Smith”

Queens Attorney Set to Challenge Malcolm Smith

Munir Avery. (Photo: Facebook)
Munir Avery. (Photo: Avery Campaign)

An attorney with close ties to Queens County politics is planning to challenge embattled State Senator Malcolm Smith next year.

Mr. Smith, still reeling from an arrest on corruption charges earlier this year, is openly despised by his fellow Senate Democrats after caucusing briefly with a breakaway faction of Democrats that govern the Senate with Republicans and is considered a major target in 2014. Continue reading “Queens Attorney Set to Challenge Malcolm Smith”