While current city council members scramble to find their next meal ticket, it’s possible that some familiar names may find their way back onto the ballots.
Former Council Members Weighing Comeback Bids
One busy former council member is Mike Abel, who currently works for the Department of Housing Preservation. Abel was unwilling to commit to the prospect of re-running for his seat in Northeast Queens, but admitted that the topic had been on his mind.
Rumors have swirled around the Borough President’s Office as well, as former Forest Hills councilwoman and current Deputy Borough President Karen Koslowitz is believed to be coveting her old city seat.
In Flushing, though talk in the community may have established the possibility of a crowded field, octogenarian and former councilwoman Julia Harrison insists “I have not closed any doors and I’m in good health, of sound mind, and reserve the right to make my determination after the holiday.”
Another former council member who appears determined to serve is Tom Ognibene, the former Republican councilman from Middle Village. Ognibene said he was “going down this week or next week to the campaign office to file my intention and my campaign committee,” as a way of announcing his intention to take back his seat once term limits bounce his one-time protege, Dennis Gallagher, out of office.