From the NY Times:
MICHAEL SIMANOWITZ, a longtime aide to Mrs. Mayersohn, wasted no time in publicly saying that he was planning to run for her seat, which would be filled through a special election on a date to be determined by the governor’s office.
Mrs. Mayersohn has denied that her retirement was timed to usher Mr. Simanowitz into her seat, and so did Mr. Simanowitz on Thursday, as he sat in a kosher bakery in Kew Gardens Hills.
He and Mrs. Mayersohn were not “pulling a Manton,” he said, referring to Thomas J. Manton, the late chairman of the Queens County Democratic Organization, who in 1998 announced his retirement in midterm to help his political protégé, Joseph Crowley, win it. Mr. Crowley is now the Democratic Party leader in Queens.
But of course not! NEVER!
From the Jewish Star, by our friend, Sergey:
With state law allowing up to 80 days for an election after a vacancy, Republican and independent candidates have time to establish their names, but are at a disadvantage in comparison to Simanowitz’s Democratic Party support and established ties to local leaders. “I think there are many good candidates possible, but there are not enough troops on the ground. We can win, but we are spread too thin,” said Phil Orenstein, an activist in the local Republican Party.
While no opposing candidates have officially announced their run, Simanowitz promised to make himself known to voters in the largely Jewish district.