State Senator Liz Krueger says she is staying in Albany, despite speculation that she is in line for a plum job in the incoming de Blasio administration.
Asked about the chatter at a press conference today, the Upper East Side pol said she’s not interested and denied that she’d been approached by the mayor-elect’s team.
“There’s no truth to that. It’s just rumors being spread,” she told Politicker on the steps of City Hall. “I’m committed to staying in the State Senate … No one’s offered. No one’s discussed. And I’m focusing on the Senate.”
Ms. Krueger jokingly suggested one de Blasio administration position she might be interested in, however.
“If Bill de Blasio says, ‘I really don’t want to be mayor, you can have it Liz,’ we should talk,” she offered. “But otherwise I’m committed to the State Senate.”
With a veil of secrecy surrounding Bill de Blasio’s transition efforts, rumors have been swirling about whom he is screening for his team. Ms. Krueger’s name has surfaced repeatedly in conversations with sources, with New York Posts‘s Page Six reporting that she was “a shoe-in for first deputy mayor or deputy mayor for health” and the Wall Street Journal floating her as a potential “housing czar.”
Yesterday, a senator representing another Manhattan district–Daniel Squadron–also denied rumors that he’s set to join Mr. de Blasio in City Hall.