Tuesday, April 13, 2010
So far, he's enlisted the support of a slew of prominent Bronx politicians, including the Serranos (Congressman Jose E. and State Senator Jose M.) as well as Council members Fernando Cabrera, Oliver Koppell, Annabel Palma and Melissa Mark-Viverita, State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz (aka the mayor of Riverdale).
Not all the biggest players -- Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Bronx County Chairman Carl Heastie are notable exceptions -- but it's a good start for Scheiderman, considered one of the more progressive and productive members of the much-maligned state senate.
Other Democratic heavies on board include Congressmen Charles Rangel and Jerry Nadler, Senate Majority Leader John Sampson and Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
This could have wider implications on Bronx politics. If he wins, it's been rumored that Koppell might take a shot at Schneiderman's seat, which is not term limited. And judging by the Riverdalian's tirade against term limits last night at the Bronx charter revision hearing, he's looking to stay in elected office for the foreseeable future.
With current AG Andrew Cuomo widely assumed to be running for governor and vacating the position, Schneiderman joins Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, former state Insurance Superintendent Eric Dinallo and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Coffey as possible replacements. Kathleen Rice, the Nassau County district attorney is also considering a run.
"I am running for Attorney General because there is no higher calling than the pursuit of justice," Schneiderman said. "Equal Justice regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation; Independent Justice without regard to political or special interest influence; and Progressive Justice that takes an activist approach to protecting everyday New Yorkers."