Jeff Mailman, an attorney and legislative director for the City Council, is considering a campaign for Councilman Dan Garodnick’s East Side district. Mr. Garodnick has already announced his intentions to run citywide for comptroller in 2013 and multiple contenders are already lining up their campaigns to replace him.
“My time as the legislative director for Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley was a thrilling experience,” Mr. Mailman told us yesterday evening, ticking off a range of issues he’s interested in, especially zoning policy. “The Council is an exciting place.”
The prospective candidate was particularly effusive in his praise for Mr. Garodnick, whom he called a “role model.”
“I think he’s done a terrific job, he’s passed more bills than any legislator in the Council, and very significant pieces,” Mr. Mailman said. “He has a great record and a strong advocate and he always has a very thorough knowledge.”
If he does indeed pull the trigger and launch a campaign, Mr. Mailmight might have an uphill battle against a field that already includes at least two challengers: community board chair Mark Thompson and Department of Education staffer Dara Adams.
Mr. Thompson in particular has been amassing some notable political support, including the backing of former Mayor Ed Koch.
“I’m still reaching out, assessing my fundraising,” Mr. Mailman said of the state of his campaign, noting that the 2013 election is still a ways off. “I want to talk to residents in the district even more. We’re way out and I need some more time to see how everything goes.”