From an e-mail sent out by City Hall News:
* Senate Democratic spokesman Austin Shafran is said to be mulling a 2013 run against Queens Councilman Dan Halloran. Shafran, a protégé of Democratic operative Hank Sheinkopf, joined the Senate Democrats' press office after they took the majority in 2008, and has deep connections in Queens Democratic circles and beyond. Halloran has been mulling a 2012 run against state Sen. Tony Avella, but his star has dimmed after the Department of Investigation said he exaggerated claims about a purported Sanitation Department slowdown during last winter's blizzard.
* It's not the worst electronic message that a New York politician has accidentally sent, but it was still embarrassing when Queens Councilwoman Liz Crowley mistakenly forwarded an email Tuesday to every City Council member and staffer. It gave a revealing look inside her efforts to land a $200,000 member item for the National Association on Drug Abuse Problems: Writing to a legislative aide who had drafted a pitch for funding, she replied from her iPhone, "Good, but run it by lobbyist" - a reference to Vicky Contino of Wilson Esler.