From the Politicker:
State Senator Malcolm Smith, a Democrat charged last year in a sprawling bribery scheme to land himself on the GOP ballot for mayor, looks like he will now be fending off at least two challengers if he seeks re-election this year.
Mr. Smith, is already facing attorney Munir Avery and will now also contend with Clyde Vanel, a former candidate for City Council and the State Assembly.
Mr. Vanel, like Mr. Avery, appears to be viable. He recently ran for an open City Council seat last year, finishing a strong second to the eventual winner, Daneek Miller. Mr. Vanel promised a “strong showing” in fund-raising numbers set to be released next week and said he was building coalitions within the district to win.
“The numbers show I have strong support in the neighborhood,” he explained. “It differentiates me from any one else in race.”