City Councilman Jim Gennaro hired as his spokesman former Queens Tribune editor Brad Groznik. Groznik, who bears a resemblance to an actor who played a well-known superhero, is replacing Shams Tarek, a multi-faceted flack who is now doing not-so-covert political stuff with the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee.
Other fun facts: Tarek worked at the Queens Tribune too. Also: before joining Gennaro's staff, Tarek worked for State Senator John Sabini, and often was fending off (political!) attacks from the guy who replaced him, Hiram Monserrate. In Tarek's new job, he could, theoretically, be in a position to defend Monserrate.
Here's the official press release from Groznik, announcing his new job:
Councilman James Gennaro Hires New Communications Director
New Spokesman Was Editor of Large Weekly Newspaper
FRESH MEADOWS, NY (March 23, 2009) — Councilman James F. Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), Chair of the Environmental Protection Committee, announced today that Queens resident Brad Groznik is his new Director of Communications.
Groznik is the former managing editor of the Queens Tribune, one of the most widely-circulated weekly community newspapers in New York City. Before assuming managerial responsibility for the newsroom, he was a Tribune reporter writing stories about Queens government, green technologies and issues concerning people age 55 and older.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to work alongside Councilman Gennaro,” Groznik said. “I’ll be helping him to continue fighting against skyrocketing water bills, overdevelopment, flooding and gas drilling in New York’s drinking water supply, as well as promoting a green economy through advancements like alternative energy and sustainable building practices.”
The Councilman also expressed his enthusiasm about working with Groznik to advance the issues that matter to him most.
"Brad has an excellent background for the kind of work that he'll be doing with me," Councilman Gennaro said. "With his help, I'm looking forward to making more New Yorkers aware of the issues I fight for, like fiscal fairness, the preservation of our environment and the rebounding of our city through a green economy."