Justice has not been especially swift for Bronx Councilman Larry
Seabrook: almost two years have passed since he was indicted on federal
charges for allegedly bilking taxpayer-funded nonprofits – and forging a
receipt for a $177 bagel and soda. —
All the while, potential successors, smelling blood in the water,
have quietly plotted their run for a coveted open Council seat that will
automatically occur if Seabrook is convicted. With Seabrook’s
long-awaited trial beginning today, their time may have finally arrived.
Five people have created campaign committees to run for the seat and
at least one, community activist and union organizer Jerome Rice, has
led rallies calling for Seabrook to resign.
Others who have created committees include civil rights activist Andy
King – who along with Rice ran unsuccessfully in 2009 against Seabrook
and would have pre-existing name recognition – Cheryl Simmons-Oliver,
Michael Welch and Pamela Johnson. (Only King and Simmons-Oliver both had
raised any money for a run as of the July filings).
Bronx insiders say the most important factor in who ultimately
emerges from the prospective nonpartisan special election may well be
the backing of Bronx Democratic Leader Carl Heastie, whose Assembly
district also overlaps with Seabrook’s Council district.
For the full story from reporter Chris Bragg, head to City Hall News…