Brooklyn District Leader in Line to Replace Eric Adams in State Senate

Jesse Hamilton. (Photo: Facebook)
Jesse Hamilton. (Photo: Facebook)

Last night, the news broke that State Senator Eric Adams successfully contested his sole Democratic rival’s petitions, booting former Councilman John Gangemi off the ballot in this year’s Brooklyn borough president election.

This all but guarantees Mr. Adams a November victory in the heavily Democratic borough.

But who will replace Mr. Adams?

If Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls a special election to fill the vacancy–as some insiders expect–the Democratic nominee will be picked by a county committee of local party officials rather than an open primary. Should that happen, according to the insiders, district leader and attorney Jesse Hamilton is expected to get the nod.

Mr. Hamilton confirmed his interest in the position to Politicker this afternoon and said Mr. Adams supports his candidacy for the oddly-shaped, Crown Heights-based senate district.

“I’ve been a public servant all my life,” he said, touting his record and his advocacy work on behalf of education issues in particular.  “I don’t see myself as a candidate, I see myself as an activist.”

If Mr. Cuomo does not call for a special election, then multiple Democratic candidates are possible in the next regularly scheduled primary. Activist Anthony Jones, who unsuccessfully ran against indicted Assemblyman William Boyland last year, told Politicker he’s interested.

“That … seat covers a huge part of my district which covers Bedstuy and Brownsville,” Mr. Jones said in an email. “I would not mind being one of the contenders in that race when the seat opens up. Anthony T. Jones for Senate sound pretty good.”

Mr. Adams is running to replace incumbent Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, who is term-limited.

Update (2:04 p.m.): With Mr. Jones’s comments. Brooklyn District Leader in Line to Replace Eric Adams in State Senate