Two-term City Councilman Simcha Felder, who successfully pushed for setting a five-minute grace period for parking tickets and oversaw last year’s contentious hearings about extending term limits, is resigning from his seat and taking a new job in city government, according to a knowledgeable source.
Felder, who represents a large community or Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn and has been known about the Council for his sense of humor, is considering taking one of two job offers, possibly with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, or with newly elected City Comptroller John Liu, according to this source.
Mr. Felder’s spokesman did not deny the possibility of his boss’s early resignation from the Council, and offered this non-denial late yesterday.
“Please call the mayor, the comptroller, the governor and the president and let me know what jobs Simcha is going to get,” said spokesman Eric Kuo.
If Felder leaves, that creates an vacancy which could be sought after by two highly ambitious Council candidates: David Greenfield, who did an impressive job fund-raising, but declined to run against the incumbent once term limits were extended, and Noach Dear, a former Councilman with a less-progressive record who, despite some criticisms, was elected to a seat as a judge recently.
UPDATE: He’s taking a job with John Liu, reports Michael Barbaro.