Local Pols Eye Tom Duane’s Seat

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Politics.

With Manhattan State Sen.  announcing his retirement last night, rumors are already circulating about who will run for his coveted West Side seat — and petitioning begins on Tuesday. One name that has emerged already is that of Brad Hoylman, the senior vice president and general counsel for the Partnership for New York City, who had been planning to run for term-limited Council Speaker Christine Quinn‘s seat. Hoylman, who did not return a request for comment, is thought to have a strong chance at getting Duane’s backing. Meanwhile, Hoylman’s potential opponent in that Council race, Community Board 4 chairman , is also getting some encouragement to run, sources said. Another person interested is said to be , a prominent and affluent attorney who is a SUNY trustee. (Belluck heads a law firm for which Senate Minority Leader  serves “of counsel.”) And Councilwoman , who would not have to give up her seat to run, is another logical potential candidate, as are Assemblyman and Assemblywoman . Other elected officials in the area include Councilwoman , who has been planning to run for Manhattan borough president, and Councilman , who is running for New York City comptroller.

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