Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who’s running for a new open Congressional District in Queens, has hired State Senator Toby Stavisky’s Chief of Staff Avi Fink to manage her campaign.
Interestingly, Ms. Stavisky is close to the Queens Democratic Party and was one of the party leaders who successfully nominated Assemblywoman Grace Meng for the establishment’s formal endorsement in the race, even though Ms. Crowley is the cousin of the Democratic establishment’s leader Congressman Joe Crowley.
The news, first reported by the Daily News‘ Alison Gendar, was subsequently confirmed in an email Mr. Fink circulated to his contacts.
“It will be an intense 3 months, but our strong team plus the hard work Elizabeth is renowned for give me every confidence we will win this thing,” he wrote. “Plus, she represents so much more of the district in her Council seat than the other two candidates, and she will be a strong voice in Washington for the things that I care about.”
Mr. Fink also worked for former Congressman Anthony Weiner, whose old district contained about 50% of the territory Ms. Crowley is currently campaigning for, and referenced his time in Mr. Weiner’s office in his email.
“My work for AW for over three years has familiarized me with the district, the local issues, and what it means to run a cutting edge and head-of-the pack Congressional office,” he continued. “I’m thrilled to have another crack at showing DC how we do it in Queens.”
Assemblyman Rory Lancman is also vigorously competing for the June 26th nomination.