From City Hall:
On Monday afternoon, Anthony Como conceded his State Senate race to Joe Addabbo, issuing a statement that concluded, “I remain committed to public service and look forward to the new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”
By Monday night, he was already on to those new challenges and opportunities, renewing the bid to be executive director of the Board of Elections that he abandoned in June to seek the Senate seat. Como called several commissioners and began the outreach to the county chairs who would be crucial in putting him in the top job, now vacant again after George Gonzalez’s firing.
But Como’s newest attempt to get the $172,000-per-year job, which has prompted derision from several close Board observers who see him as now looking for a job in the wake of the Senate loss, may be over before it gets off the ground. To be selected, Como would need at least six votes, and he does not appear to even have a solidified bloc of the five Republicans: Bronx GOP Commissioner J.C. Polanco is not on board.
Polanco, who supported Como through the spring, had put himself forward as an alternative for executive director after Como withdrew. But after the Queens GOP made a surprise, ill-fated attempt to install former State Sen. Serf Maltese in the top job, Polanco joined with the Democrats to vote for Gonzalez and break what had been a six-month stalemate. According to a source, Polanco remains disgusted with Como and the Queens GOP, and is completely opposed to supporting the former City Council member for executive director.
Asked about his position on Como, Polanco referred instead to his call for a nationwide search for executive director, as Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Council Government Operations chair Gale Brewer have supported.