Tuesday, December 27, 2016

City Council Campaigns 2017

Key 2017 New York City Council
primaries by district

By Sarina Trangle | Mar 21, 2017 |
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New York City’s primaries won’t be held until September, but a number of candidates are already gearing up for Election Day. Here’s a rundown of the most notable New York City Council districts that could be competitive this fall, including seats that will be vacated due to term limits, others where the incumbent is already facing a challenge, and still others where big-name challengers could jump in.
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Open Seats

District 2
New York City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez’s former legislative director, Carlina Rivera, has stormed into this race with endorsements from her old boss, Make the Road Action and the Progressive Caucus Alliance, the campaign arm of the City Council’s Progressive Caucus. She is competing with several other Democrats, including Ronnie Cho, former associate director of the office of public engagement at the White House under former President Barack Obama; Mary Silver, an attorney focused on local schools issues; Jasmin Sanchez, who was a community liaison for state Sen. Daniel Squadron; and Erin Hussein, whose website describes her as a lawyer and co-op president. Tyler Kline, a registered Democrat, has also created a campaign committee.
District 4
The pack of people looking to replace New York City Councilman Daniel Garodnick will be thinned by two primaries. On the Democratic side, Marti Speranza, the co-president of the Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats who runs a program aiding female entrepreneurs, will face off against Bessie Schachter, a former staffer for state Sen. Liz Krueger, and Keith Powers, a lobbyist at Constantinople & Vallone Consulting LLC who previously worked for local elected officials. Jeff Mailman, the legislative director to City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, is also vying for the Democratic line. Meanwhile, Diane Grayson, a registered Democrat who works as associate editor for a test preparation company, told Town & Village she may run as an independent.
On the Republican side, Melissa Jane Kronfeld, a former New York Post reporter and registered Republican, told Town & Village she would not seek the Democratic nomination, but was unsure which party’s banner she aspired to run under. If Kronfeld seeks the Republican line, she would be competing with the candidate endorsed by the Manhattan Republican Party, Rebecca Harary, an entrepreneur who unsuccessfully challenged Assemblyman Dan Quart on the Stop de Blasio line in 2016.
Robert RodriguezDistrict 8
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s deputy chief of staff, Diana Ayala, has snatched up early endorsements from Mark-Viverito, Make the Road Action and the Progressive Caucus Alliance. But Ayala’s path to City Hall would get a lot bumpier if Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez (left) enters the race, as he told City & State he is considering doing. Whether Rodriguez is in or out, Ayala will face Edward Gibbs, who claimed that he would have been the first ex-criminal offender in the Assembly had he won a 2010 bid for Rodriguez’s seat. Other registered Democrats who have launched campaign committees include entrepreneur Tamika Mapp and educator Edward Santos, who unsuccessfully sought the seat in 2013. It’s also unclear whether the Bronx Democratic Party will get involved in a East Harlem-based seat that extends into the Bronx.
District 13
majorie velazquez and mark gjonaj
Marjorie Velázquez, Mark Gjonaj.
The race to replace City Councilman James Vacca is shaping up to be a crowded contest. Democratic district leader Marjorie Velázquez, who has a background in corporate finance, has the backing of Vacca, Make the Road Action and the Progressive Caucus Alliance. Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj has the support of state Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto and U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley. The Bronx Democratic Party will likely throw its weight behind Gjonaj or Velázquez, according to its executive director, Anthony Perez. After this story was published, Perez called to say that the organization has not formally narrowed down the field to those two contenders, and will be meeting with more candidates before making a final decision. A handful of other registered Democrats have thrown their hats in the ring, including: John Doyle, who has worked for Klein and works in public affairs at Jacobi Medical Center; Alex Gomez, a member of City Councilman Fernando Cabrera’s New Life Outreach International church who has a background in the nonprofit human services sector; John Marano, a retired police and fireman now active in his community board; and Muhammad Abuhaikal, who founded a small business consulting firm.
ruben diaz srDistrict 18
The big question shaping the showdown for City Councilwoman Annabel Palma’s district is whether state Sen. Rubén Díaz Sr. (left) will jump in. Díaz did not return City & State’s call, but he has been openly mulling a run. Competing with the Díaz brand would be difficult, according to Perez, who said the Bronx Democratic Party is waiting for the field to shape up before endorsing a candidate. Other declared Democratic candidates include: Amanda Farias, who works for City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and managed the City Council’s Women’s Caucus; Elvin Garcia, who was Bronx borough director for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Community Affairs Unit; Michael Beltzer, a Bronx Democratic County Committee member who worked on former City Comptroller John Liu’s campaigns; and William Moore, who has criticized the Bronx Democratic Party as inept and unsuccessfully challenged Palma and other incumbents.
District 41
A slew of Brooklynites have started campaign committees to compete for City Councilwoman Darlene Mealy’s seat. Alicka Ampry-Samuel previously worked as chief of staff for Assemblywoman Latrice Walker and has been endorsed by Make the Road Action. Also in the running are Henry Butler, a retired transit worker and president of the Vanguard Independent Democratic Association; Cory Provost, a district leader who was the youngest member of the CUNY board of trustees; Kathleen Daniel, who works for Borough President Eric Adams and unsuccessfully sought the City Council seat in 2013; and Deidre Olivera, a member of the Laborers' International Union of North America, who also edits a community newspaper in Brownsville. At least two other registered Democrats have started campaign committees for the seat: Moreen King and Jamell Henderson.
Peter AbbateDistrict 43
In the race to succeed City Councilman Vincent Gentile, Assemblyman Peter Abbate (left) said he will not formally decide whether to run until after the state budget season. But the state lawmaker sounded bullish while telling City & State that, thanks to redistricting, he has represented most of this City Council district and that he has been disappointed with the “caliber” of the other Democratic candidates. So far, the pool of potential Democratic nominees includes: Justin Brannan, who was Gentile’s chief of staff and worked in intergovernmental affairs for the city Department of Education; Kevin Peter Carroll, a district leader who works for City Councilman Stephen Levin; the Rev. Khader el-Yateem, an influential pastor endorsed by civil rights activist Linda Sarsour; and Nancy Tong, a district leader who works for Assemblyman William Colton. On the other side of the political spectrum, Republican candidates include Robert Capano, a professor who has worked for Democratic and Republican officials; Liam McCabe, a former aide to U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan; and John Quaglione, who handles press for state Sen. Martin Golden and unsuccessfully tried to unseat Gentile in 2013.


District 1
Margaret Chin
Margaret Chin.
The last time she was challenged, City Councilwoman Margaret Chin posted a 17-point lead over her then-opponent, Jenifer Rajkumar, in the Democratic primary. This primary cycle, Chin will likely have to face off against two challengers: attorney Aaron Foldenauer and Christopher Marte, a member of the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and Lower East Side who previously worked for a securities business.
helen rosenthalDistrict 6
City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal (left) eked out a win in the seven-way Democratic primary in 2013 with about 27 percent of the vote, but the field is shaping up to be much smaller this cycle. That may benefit Mel Wymore, the former executive director of a PAC advancing transgender rights, who came in a close second in 2013 with 22 percent of the vote. If successful, Wymore, who has long been active on the community board, would be the first transgender member of the City Council. A third Democratic candidate, Cary Goodman, appears to be mostly focused on fighting the American Museum of Natural History’s planned expansion.
District 9
Bill Perkins and Marvin Holland
Bill Perkins, Marvin Holland.
City Councilman Bill Perkins captured 34 percent of the vote and emerged victorious in February’s nine-way special election for the seat previously held by Inez Dickens, who was elected to the Assembly. But Perkins could face a fierce re-election fight. Marvin Holland, political director of Transport Workers Union Local 100, captured 18 percent of the vote in February and may benefit from a thinner field of candidates. So far, Pierre Gooding, who recently worked as an attorney for Success Academy Charter Schools, is seeking to run on the Democratic line, according to an online fundraising site his team set up. And two other registered Democrats, Shannette Gray and Marvin Spruill, have launched campaign committees for the seat.
fernando cabreraDistrict 14
When New York City Councilman Fernando Cabrera (left) failed to unseat a state senator in 2014, he blamed his loss on the “liberal media” reporting on a video in which he praised the Ugandan government after it enacted severe anti-LGBT laws. Now, Cabrera’s socially conservative views could come back to haunt him. One Democratic challenger, Justin Sanchez, argues on his campaign website that Cabrera has failed to represent the district’s values and that the area needs someone who works to provide equal opportunity for all. The other Democratic contender, Randy Abreu, worked in the U.S. Department of Energy during the Obama administration.
District 28
Ruben Wills fended off four primary challengers in 2013 and secured about 49 percent of the vote, but his 2014 indictment on charges of stealing public funds could hurt him. Wills, who has denied any wrongdoing, is poised to again go up against Hettie V. Powell, an attorney who secured 33 percent of the vote in the 2013 primary. Other contenders include Richard David, who has worked in the leadership of the city’s Economic Development Corp. The race also appears to feature a comeback bid by Allan Jennings, who previously held the seat but was censured by the City Council when two female subordinates accused him of sexual harassment. Calls to the campaign seeking confirmation that the candidate is the same Jennings were not returned.
matheiue eugeneDistrict 40
Last primary season, City Councilman Mathieu Eugene (left) won with 48 percent of the vote while facing a challenge from Saundra Thomas, who was relatively new to politics but pulled in nearly 38 percent of the vote. So Eugene could be in for a rougher re-election cycle, given that more prominent Democrats have announced their intentions to challenge him. The contenders include Pia Raymond, who started a nonprofit that runs multicultural and multigenerational activities and is the vice president of the Nostrand Avenue Merchants Association, as well as Brian Cunningham, who has worked for state Sen. Kevin Parker, City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo and in the affordable housing sector.
debi roseDistrict 49
City Councilwoman Debi Rose (left) walked into her second term without a primary challenge, but she won’t fall into a third term so easily. Two fellow Democrats have announced their candidacy, including Kamillah Payne-Hanks, the president and CEO of the Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership, and Philippe-Edner Apostol-Marius, who has worked for Bill Perkins in the state Senate.


District 21
julissa ferreras copeland and francisco moya
Francisco Moya, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland.
City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland has seemed so secure in her re-election that she often comes up in conversation about the 2017 election cycle because of her reported interest in seeking the City Council’s speakership. But Ferreras-Copeland could be in for a tough primary battle if Assemblyman Francisco Moya challenges her. Moya told City & State he would not make a decision until after the state budget, which is due before April 1. The assemblyman has long been loyal to the Queens Democratic Party, while Ferreras-Copeland split from the organization and allied herself with the Progressive Caucus during the 2013 speakership vote. Another factor could be former state senator and City Councilman Hiram Monserrate, who has told reporters he is considering challenging his former chief of staff, Ferreras-Copeland. Monserrat would surely encounter some skepticism, given that he was expelled from the state Senate when he was convicted of assaulting his then-girlfriend, and was also convicted on federal corruption charges and pled guilty to committing mail fraud.
Antonio ReynosoDistrict 34
City Councilman Antonio Reynoso (left), another Progressive Caucus member, may face a challenge from Tommy Torres, a Brooklyn Democratic Party district leader and educator. Torres did not return a call for comment, but has told other outlets he is weighing a bid.
District 35
Laurie Cumbo and Ede Fox
Ede Fox, Laurie Cumbo.
City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo fought her way through a five-way primary in 2013, and landed the Democratic line with 35 percent of the vote. Ede Fox, who secured 26 percent of the vote in 2013, says she is thinking of seeking the Democratic Party’s nod for the City Council seat this cycle. Fox, who has worked for City Councilman Jumaane Williams and Speaker Mark-Viverito, could complicate Cumbo’s election season.
Carlos MenchacaDistrict 38
City Councilman Carlos Menchaca (left) may find himself in a political brawl if longtime Assemblyman Félix Ortiz opts to seek his seat. Ortiz did not respond to a request for comment, but according to Kings County Politics, several people are under the impression that Ortiz may make a move for Menchaca’s seat. Even if he passes, Menchaca is still slated to compete in a Democratic primary with Delvis Valdes, an attorney who has been involved with local business improvement districts and other organizations.
District Leader Tommy Torres is considering a bid for Reynoso's city council seat, he said. 
Four of the seven City Council members facing term limits and required to leave at the end of the year are women, which has sparked alarm for New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Daily News reports.

Piss Boy CM Lander Now Wants to Use Trump to Pay for His Reelection
Brooklyn councilman seeks communications staffer to ‘resist thethreats’ of Trump policies (NYDN) A Brooklyn city councilman is looking to hire a staffer to battle the “Trump regime.”  Democrat Brad Lander, in an unusual job listing for a communications director that he posted on several employment sites, said he’s looking for someone to help “resist the threats of the Trump regime to American democratic values and vulnerable constituencies.”  The listing does not include a salary, but Indeed.com, one of the employment sites it was posted on, estimated it to be in the $61,000 to $67,000 a year range, based on offers for similar jobs.

Dicken's Special Election  
Candidates for Inez Dickens' Council Seat to Face Off in Forum (dnainfo) Candidates expected to attend include:  ►Charles Cooper, a former Community Board 9 vice-chairman and businessman ►Marvin Holland, policy director for the Transit Workers Union Local 100 ►Mamadou Drame, a community activist  ►State Sen.   ►Troy Outlaw, a former City Council aide  ►Dawn Simmons, a teacher and social worker  ► Athena Moore, an aide to the Manhattan Borough President  ►  Larry Scott Blackmon, the former Deputy Commissioner for Community Outreach at the city Parks Department  ► Todd R. Stevens (no information publicly available)  ► Shanette M. Gray (no information publicly available)

Councilman Lander Takes A Piss On All New Yorkers' Homeless Can Pee in the Streets But Not Santa
City Councilman is ticked about fallout from a law he backed (NYP Ed) The 1960s folk singer Phil Ochs called a liberal someone who’s 10 degrees to the left of center in good times and 10 degrees to the right — if it affects him personally. Say hello to City Councilmember Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn).  In April, he was an outspoken backer of the misguided council vote that all but eliminated criminal penalties for most quality-of-life crimes, including public urination. In fact, Lander, who’s white, claimed police enforcement of such crimes is racist: “We all know that the majority of people that happens to don’t look like me.” Yet Saturday, the Park Slope councilman came face to face with SantaCon, the chaotic annual Manhattan pub crawl by thousands of boozers dressed as Kris Kringle.  “OK, I’ll admit it,” he tweeted. “Being in Midtown during SantaCon makes me want to restore higher penalties for public urination for just this one day.” Now he tells us. He expanded on the tweet Monday, telling The Post’s Rich Calder “it was gross. There was a substantial number of people peeing on the sidewalks.” Welcome to the real world, Brad. Yes, public urination is gross, no matter when it occurs — including on any of the 364 days a year when offenders don’t look like Santa and councilmen may not be watching. That’s why so many New Yorkers, including us, were dismayed when the council voted to try to roll back “broken windows” quality-of-life policing, which had fueled the city’s historic drop in crime.  Now Lander will have to endure SantaCon and live with the consequences of his and his colleagues’ action.  Along with the rest of New York.

Update Council Speaker Race 
The Most Important NYC Campaign You Don’t Know About IsWell Under Way (Village Voice) The New York City Council has always been a little bit like high school. There are poseurs and nerdsy, may get personal and petty. In a year from now, the 51 members will elect a new speaker. The current speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, is term-limited. Since many council members, rightly or wrongly, assumed Mark-Viverito was lobbying for a job in a seemingly inevitable second Clinton administration, the race to replace her has long been underway. It’s quietly consumed much of her speakership.   Here are the caveats about any speaker’s race: all the action occurs behind closed doors and the public has no say. Council members have a right to elect their leader. A candidate becomes speaker thanks to the right amount of hustle, savvy, and luck. Circumstance and timing very much matter. Mark-Viverito has no clear successor, but council members and political operatives watching the backroom contest agree there are three front-runners: Councilman Corey Johnson, Councilman Mark Levine and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras. A fourth candidate, Councilman Robert Cornegy, is also competing.* City Council Candidate Carlina Rivera Reports $176,000Campaign Fund (L0-Down) A press release from Rivera’s campaign noted that she has “one of the largest small donor bases in the city” and that her filing, “demonstrates that she is the clear front-runner in the open–seat primary to replace Councilwoman Rosie Mendez.”* The City Council speaker race is in full swing (NYP)  Front-runners include Councilmembers Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Corey Johnson, Mark Levine and Jimmy Van Bramer — all of whom have raised $200,000 or more each for their campaigns. Ferreras-Copeland (D-Queens), the council’s Finance chair, is viewed by many insiders as the favored choice as a successor by current Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mayor de Blasio, and has raised $325,635 so far for her run.  But Ferreras-Copeland has burned through $284,000 of that and could be facing a credible challenge from Assemblyman Francisco Moya.  De Blasio’s support also could become problematic if he or his staffers are implicated in any wrongdoing in two ongoing corruption probes. “Money matters, for sure, but as long as people pass the threshold of being able to fund their [campaign] operation and give some money to other council members, it’s not the only thing,” one member said, citing the importance of already-formed relationships. Johnson (D-Manhattan) has raised $291,310. Van Bramer (D-Queens) has raked in $387,228, and Levine (D-Manhattan) has collected $211,270.  Councilman Robert Cornegy (D-Brooklyn) is also considered a viable option by several council insiders, but has not yet submitted fund-raising numbers to the Campaign Finance Board.  Of those, Van Bramer has by far the most cash on hand — about $300,000. But Van Bramer, like Ferreras, doesn’t enjoy the support of Queens Democratic boss Rep. Joe Crowley, who will undoubtedly play a role in who gets the job.  The Queens and Bronx Democratic machines are expected to whip votes together. Still unclear is what role the Brooklyn party will play.  Other members considering a run include Vanessa Gibson (D-Bronx), Donovan Richards (D-Queens), Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) and Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn).

Councilman puts former staffer vying for his job on payroll (NYP) Term-limited Brooklyn City Councilman Vincent Gentile has put former staffer Justin Brannan back on his payroll — while Brannan campaigns to succeed him.  That gives Brannan a chance to raise his profile while collecting a government paycheck.  Gentile has told south Brooklyn leaders that he rehired Brannan to please Mayor de Blasio, who is expected to back Brannan to replace Gentile, a Democratic Party insider said.  After de Blasio was elected mayor, Brannan ended his first stint on Gentile’s staff and served as the DOE’s deputy director of intergovernmental affairs for three years.  Gentile, who hopes to be made a judge by de Blasio, defended his rehiring of Brannan and dismissed as “absolutely ridiculous” claims that he did so as part of a deal with the mayor.

Front Runner Senator Perkins In Harlem City Council Special Election Accused of Cheating to Get on the Ballot 
Senator accused of ‘cheating’ to get name first on ballot (NYP) State Sen. Bill Perkins is being accused of filing fraudulent petitions in an attempt to get his name put first on the ballot in the Feb. 14 special election for the vacant City Council seat in Harlem.  Under laws for a special election, the candidate who files first with a valid number of voter signatures is automatically placed on top of the ballot, a coup in a race with as many as 10 candidates.  But a new lawsuit claims that the Perkins campaign collected as many as 750 signatures on petitions distributed Jan. 1 and Jan. 2 with a blank date on it — before Mayor de Blasio called the Feb. 14 special election on Jan. 3.  The petitions were then post-dated to make it appear they were collected on Jan. 3, according to the suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.  Perkins speaks at the Sojourner Truth Democratic Club in 2013Christopher Sadowski   The suit seeks to invalidate the petitions and have Perkins, a favorite to win the seat, removed from the ballot. Perkins is a pal of Mayor de Blasio. He served in the City Council with de Blasio before his election to the state Senate in 2006 and was one of the first elected Democrats to back de Blasio’s bid for mayor in 2013.  Rival Melvin Holland campaign aides said they smelled a rat when they went door knocking in Harlem to collect voter signatures, only to hear from residents that the Perkins campaign had approached them the prior weekend — before the special election date was set.  “Committing fraud this planned-out took more work than it would have taken to get on the ballot legally. The voters of Harlem deserve more respect than this,” said Holland election lawyer Sarah Steiner.  “It’s shameful when a career politician puts himself above the law and let’s his campaign commit blatant and obvious fraud for his own personal gain. Maybe that’s what he’s learned after being steeped in Albany’s culture of corruption,’’ added Steiner. The Perkins camp dismissed the petition suit as frivolous and filled with false accusations.  “It’s sad and disappointing that the first thing this candidate with no record in the community does is hire lawyers, hurl Trump-like falsehoods and try to throw people off the ballot,” said Perkins campaign spokesman Richard Fife.  “We think it is great that people have followed Barack Obama’s advice — picking up a clipboard and getting involved. Let the people decide.”  The special election is being held to fill the seat vacated by Inez Dickens, who was elected to the state Assembly last fall.  Holland, a longtime transit worker, is political director of Transport Workers Union/Local 100.* Harlem Council Contender Seeks to Clear the Field With Wide-RangingBallot Challenges (NYO) * The legal team of Marvin Holland, a candidate in the special election for a vacant Harlem City Council seat, is attempting to boot almost all his rivals from the ballot in the special election scheduled for February 14—including the presumptive frontrunner, current State Senator Bill Perkins. Complicating the entire contest is a tangle of indefinite political allegiances. Holland’s union backed Congressman Adriano Espaillat for his current seat: twice against retired Congressman Charles Rangel, and again when it became vacant last year.  He has also retained the firm Red Horse, which is close to the congressman, and State Senator Marisol Alcantara—Espaillat’s anointed heir to his former job in Albany—attended Holland’s campaign kickoff party.  Yet a source connected to Perkins told the Observer the congressman has aligned behind their campaign, possibly a reward for Perkins—a black Harlemite—endorsing the Dominican-American Washington Heights pol for the House.

Red Horse Lobbyist Consultants Who Got Away With Scamming the CFB in 2013 Caught In Petition Fraud in 2015 for A SI DA Candidate 

What Ever Happen to The Queens DA Investigation of Red Horse Petition Corruption in SI DA Race?
Candidate for StatenIsland DA says opponent collected fraud campaign signatures (WPIX) Joan Illuzzi is running as a Republican for Staten Island District Attorney. Mike McMahon is running as a Democrat and Independent for the same office. Both submitted approximately 4,000 signed petitions to have their names listed on the ballot, but Illuzzi’s campaign has questioned the accuracy of several of the signatures submitted by McMahon’s camp. McMahon’s campaign manager Ashleigh Owens released a statement to PIX 11 Tuesday that read in part, “Mike and our campaign unfortunately appear to have been victimized by a small group of individuals from Red Horse Strategies.”  Red Horse Strategies is a firm of political consultants. They were hired to collect petition signatures. Staten Island Acting District Attorney Daniel Master requested a special prosecutor look further into the allegations. McMahon didn't orchestrate or collect the forged signatures himself. He didn't sign off on them. He paid Red Horse Strategies to collect signatures for his Independence Party petitions. The Staten Island Democratic Party paid for the firm to collect signatures on Democratic petitions. The Bronx DA Election Fix Run By A Consultant  Red Horse Who Has Fix Other Elections 

The Following Were Red Horse Clients and Supported By A UFT PAC That Redhorse Also Worked for
The CFB Fined the Advance Group for Working for Two Council Candidate and the NYCLASS PAC.  The CFB Has Ignored Advances, Red Horse and Berlin Rosen Working for Both candidates and the UFT PAC United for the Future Which Funded the Candidates the Consultants Worked For
The UFT paid $252,233 to campaign consultant Red Horse Strategies to Help Run There PAC United for the Future Which Funded The Following City Council Candidates
Councilman James Vacca 
Councilwoman Annabel Palma 
Councilman Daneek Miller  
Councilman Richard Donovan  

City Council Higher Pay Attracts Assemblyman

After A Big Council Pay Raise Albany Losers Want to Move to City Hall 
Albany politicians are considering plush council seats (NYP)  They’re following the money.  Albany legislators envious of the big bucks being pulled in by their City Council counterparts after a 32 percent pay raise are considering running for their positions next year.  Council members earn $148,500. The base salary of state lawmakers is $79,500. Assemblyman Peter Abbate (D-Brooklyn), Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. (D-Bronx) and Sen. Bill Perkins (D-Manhattan) confirmed they’re seriously considering running for term-limited council seats held respectively by Vincent Gentile, Annabel Palma and Inez Dickens. Diaz and Perkins say they’ve grown frustrated with the Independent Democratic Conference, a breakaway group that generally sides with Republicans in the state Senate. “Right now, the Senate is headed by the Republicans, so that makes it difficult to be effective as a Democrat,” said Perkins. Other legislators mulling a City Hall payday include Assemblymen Mark Gjonaj (D-Bronx), Dan Quart (D-Manhattan), Ron Kim (D-Queens), Robert Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) and state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn), according to political operatives. Kim and Quart have set up campaign funds for city offices with Quart eyeing Dan Garodnick’s council seat and Kim considering the $209,050-a-year comptroller job, operatives said. Gjonaj and Rodriguez have interest in council seats held by Jimmy Vacca and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, respectively. Squadron is mulling running for the $184,800-yearly public advocate job, sources said. Kim, Rodriguez and Gjonag did not return messages. Quart and Squadron spokespersons said that they have no plans to run for city offices.* Poetic justice for the City Council’s pay hike (NYP) In as poetic a bit of justice as you could ask for, City Council members who voted themselves a fat salary hike earlier this year may wind up paying for it with their jobs. As The Post reported Saturday, at least three members of the state Legislature — Sens. Ruben Diaz Sr. and Carl Perkins and Assemblyman Peter Abbate — are thinking about “retiring” to council jobs. It’s not just the bump in base pay from $79,500 to $148,500: The switch would also mean no more Albany commute and a chance to do important work in the city. Yes, council jobs are term-limited — but if you’re nearing retirement anyway . . . God knows the City Council could use more talent — and while we often disagree with all these Democrats, they’re very capable.  The council members claimed the pay hike was all about getting better service for city residents. It’s just delicious that they could be proved right — by being replaced.

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