Queens Democrats have floated a plan that could usher Assemblyman Michael Gianaris into the City Council a year early and perhaps lead to his becoming speaker.
The plan envisions Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. resigning this year, forcing the mayor to call a special election.
Gianaris would then run for the seat and - if he wins - enter the Council a year ahead of his colleagues elected in 2009.
Democrats plan for Vallone's exit
Rumors of the plan have been swirling recently, with one version of the scenario appearing last week in Crain's Insider. It reported that Queens Democratic bosses wanted to prevent party infighting between Vallone, Councilman Leroy Comrie and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer in the borough president's race.
Vallone would run for the Assembly, while Pheffer would be tapped for beep and Comrie as her deputy, according to Crain's.