filing to run
Marc Landis, a Democratic District Leader and attorney at Phillips Nizer LLP, officially registered a committee today to run for the City Council seat that term-limited Councilwoman Gale Brewer will leave vacant in 2013. Although he has been previously mentioned as a potential candidate, the committee represents a firm move towards such a campaign.
This isn’t Mr. Landis’ first run for political office; he previously ran for the Assembly seat vacated by now-Borough President Scott Stringer.
Open seats often draw many challengers, and Ms. Brewer’s seat will be no exception.
Helen Rosenthal, the former Chair of Community Board 7, has formally kicked off her campaign, as has Mel Wymore, who replaced Ms. Rosenthal as the Chair on CB7. Both Ms. Rosenthal and Mr. Wymore have raised over $60,000 so far for the election, almost two years away.
filing to run
Mark Winston Griffith, who ran for City Council in 2009, just registered a committee to run again in 2013, a strong step forward to making an eventual run for the seat. The incumbent Mr. Griffith challenged last cycle, Councilman Al Vann, is term-limited out, creating an open seat and a prime opportunity for local aspiring candidates.
Currently Mr. Griffith is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism and is particularly passionate about bringing more progressive leadership to Central Brooklyn. “I don’t think Central Brooklyn has been adequately represented in progressive campaigns and addressing some of the deepest needs in our neighborhoods,” he said, citing the Living Wage Bill and education issues in particular.
The prospective candidate also sounds eager to shift the broader City Council’s relationship with whoever New York City’s next Mayor will be in 2013. “I think we need to build a progressive force within the City Council that has the ability to go toe-to-toe with the Mayor,” he said while explaining his vision for the office. “Really try to build a progressive agenda.”