Senator Shirley Huntley may have been indicted, but some of her Democratic colleagues ignored the corruption allegations to give her a last-minute cash infusion earlier this month. The move didn’t work, however, and voters selected Councilman James Sanders to replace her. One of those colleagues, Senator Malcolm Smith, is mulling a run for mayor as a Republican.
Michael Duncan, who finished with 14% of the vote against Mr. Sanders in 2009, registered paperwork to run for his seat again now that the incumbent will be vacating his seat early after November elections. Mr. Sanders has endorsed his chief of staff, Donovan Richards, and local club president Earnest Flowers is also in the mix. A nonpartisan special election will occur sometime in 2013.
“The size of this is so much bigger than what they did,” the law-enforcement source said of the two teenagers who committed petty vandalism against Rep. Michael Grimm‘s office. “Their lives have been changed forever. It’s so disproportionate.” Read More