Move aside Scarlett Johansson (and one-time mayoral candidate Scott Stringer), another citywide contender is hosting a celebrity-infused fundraiser for the 2013 election cycle. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who’s all-but-certain to campaign for mayor next year, just rolled out an event with actor Steve Buscemi.
“I got to know Bill when we fought side-by-side against the city’s misguided efforts to close firehouses across New York a decade ago,” Mr. Buscemi wrote in a letter to Mr. de Blasio’s supporters today. “As a former FDNY firefighter, keeping those firehouses open was an issue close to my heart, and I was moved by Bill’s courage and deep personal commitment to our cause.”
City Councilman Brad Lander is weighing his options and considering a run to replace Marty Markowitz as Brooklyn Borough President in 2013, according to multiple sources. Reached by phone this morning, Mr. Lander did not deny his interest but said it was “very flattering” to have his name be in the mix.
Currently, only State Senator Eric Adams has openly declared his intentions to run for the seat, although a few others, like Assemblyman Nick Perry and State Senator Kevin Parker, have let their names be dropped as potential contenders as well. However, as The Politicker contended last Friday, this leaves electoral oxygen for another candidate to leap into the race.