Kavanagh Running for Assembly

Brian Kavanagh, the second-place finisher in a crowded East Side City Council race last year, didn’t contest the special election to the State Assembly by Sylvia Friedman yesterday in an essentially uncontested race.

But a recent call to Knickerbocker SKD, Kavanagh’s consultants (who also worked for Mike, Scott Stringer, and new West Side assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal) found that their voicemail now has an option for “Kavanagh for Assembly.”

This could produce one of the year’s harder-fought primaries. Among other factors, Friedman didn’t have to raise much money for her insider-driven Assembly win; Kavanagh broke $100,000 for his Council race, and a source says he’s already brought in $60,000 for this fall.