Former Council-member Sal Albenese is going to make his third bid for mayor in 2017. A field might be starting to develop to challenge Bill de Blasio in the Democratic primary next year.
The Queens newspapers are writing about state Senator Tony Avella contemplating his second attempt for the top spot in the city. Avella's flip over to the charter school side and joining Jeff Klein's Independent Democratic Conference makes him suspect but it is telling that Democrats think de Blasio is worth challenging.
Avella is quoted in the Times Ledger paper via the NY Post saying, "“The mayor’s close staff are very arrogant and not responsive,” he said “I personally believe we have an absentee mayor.”
Then this from his spokesperson:
“It’s no secret that Senator Avella (and most of Queens) is not happy with the current mayoral administration and their policies,” a spokesman for Avella said “There’s also been a growing wave of encouragement from Queens expressing their desire for Senator Avella to enter the primary field which the senator is recognizing.”
Anyone else considering jumping in?