Maloney for Kellner

U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney will endorse Micah Kellner for that East Side Assembly seat, according to a knowledgeable Democrat.

Also running are two candidates currently on staff for other elected officials. Barry Klein is Assemblyman Jonathan Bing’s chief of staff and Susan Chamlin is an aide to state Senator Liz Krueger. Kellner works for city Comptroller Bill Thompson.

The race, on some level, is a proxy fight for East Side supremacy. While the immediate prize is the Assembly seat, the race could also turn out to be a useful demonstration of strength for anyone looking to run for Maloney’s congressional seat when she retires.

— Azi Paybarah