It was only this weekend that Hakeem Jeffries announced his bid to give up his Assembly seat to run for Congress, but already a candidate has emerged to take his place in the legislature.
Olanike Alabi, a veteran district leader in the 57th Assembly district is set to announce her candidacy later this morning.
“I am extremely proud to officially announce that I am a candidate for the New York State Assembly – 2012,” said Ms. Alabi in a statement provided by her campaign. “As the Democratic State Committeewoman/District Leader for several years, I have served the constituents of this district. I know first-hand how far we have come—and I am keenly aware of what is needed to move our district forward.”
Chris Banks, who founded the antipoverty group East New York United Concerned Citizens, Inc., announced intentions to run against Assemblywoman Inez Barron in front of a Brooklyn barber shop Saturday morning. “We have longed for leadership that respects your opinion. We have longed for leadership that is accountable,” Mr. Banks said to the cheers from the relatively sizable crowd. “We need new leadership in this community.”
One of Mr. Bank’s supporters suggested paying attention to the campaign disclosure reports that will be soon coming out. “The real story will be next week, after the filing,” he said, alluding to the possibility that the incumbent Assemblywoman’s fundraising would be more questionable.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said Occupy Wall Street is following his lead on the “Millionaire’s Tax.”
The FBI was watching former Queens Congresswoman and
Republican Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro.
Democratic State Senator Adriano Espaillat organized a march in Washington Heights in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.
MF Global, a hedge fund brokerage headed by former New Jersey Governor and Senator Jon Corzine, filed for bankruptcy Monday. The New York Times is calling the firm’s collapse “the first American financial casualty of the European debt crisis.”