I just ran into Councilman Simcha Felder on the City Hall steps and asked him about his possible bid for city comptroller.
He said he’s eyeing that seat first because, as a certified public accountant and tax auditor for a number of years, “I have a better understanding of numbers than most of the people” who are considering that race.
That would be a reference to the Chairman of the council’s finance committee David Weprin, Brooklyn Assemblyman Jim Brennan and possibly Queens Councilman John Liu.
And being known as a jester in the Council doesn’t hurt either, he said.
“People tend to relate to someone they like,” he said, “We’ve seen that over and over again in elections. Personalities certainly come into play.”
— Azi Paybarah