From the Daily News:
The scramble to fill the seat of former Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer has taken another turn, with her longtime aide [Joann Shapiro] announcing she will not run for the post.
That clears the deck for Phillip Goldfeder, an aide to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer. Goldfeder is being touted as the Queens Democratic Party's pick to replace Pheffer, who recently stepped down from her legislative post to become the Queens County Clerk.
The district includes parts of Ozone Park, Howard Beach and the Rockaways.
Shapiro said she made the decision not to run after having discussions with her family.
Goldfeder, a Far Rockaway native, has worked for both Republicans and Democrats, including a stint on Mayor Bloomberg's 2005 campaign and City Councilman Simcha Felder's unsuccessful campaign for state Senate.