Crowded field set to vie for Tony Avella's City Council seat
The City Council seat for northeast Queens is shaping up to be one of the most coveted positions in the 2009 elections.
According to campaign filings and political insiders, nearly one dozen candidates are eying a run for the seat held by Tony Avella, term-limited out of office, who plans to run for mayor.
Four Democrats have filed campaign paperwork so far, while several others are mulling a run. At least three Republicans are also eying the seat.
Councilman’s Resignation Sets Off a Race
Long before City Councilman Dennis P. Gallagher’s resignation on Monday, the race to succeed him was already off to a rollicking start. And now, with Mr. Gallagher set to leave the Council on April 18, the candidates are openly raising money and seeking support in their Queens district in a not-altogether friendly manner.
The Republicans are eager to hold on to the seat –- one of only three they hold in the 51-member City Council. And the Democrats are also eager to expand their quest to make the Council a nearly exclusively Democratic club.