Barry Grodenchik Steps Down As Deputy Beep
By ROSS BARKAN
Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik is stepping down from his position to launch a bid for borough president.
Grodenchik, who is leaving Borough President Helen Marshall’s executive staff to solely be the director of community boards, will now be able to raise money for his borough president campaign because the New York City Charter precludes deputy borough presidents from raising money for political campaigns.
“I have requested permission from the Borough President to allow me to run for borough president of Queens,” Grodenchik said.
Grodenchik, a former Flushing assemblyman, created a campaign account and recently spoke with Queens Democratic Party Chair U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) about the possibility of receiving the party’s endorsement. A pivotal decision on which candidate the Democratic Party backs is many months away, but insiders believe Grodenchik would not be running unless he knew he would be receiving Crowley’s endorsement.
Marshall, who is term-limited, won in 2001 with the backing of the Democratic Party. Former City Councilwoman and Assemblywoman Melinda Katz and State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) are already raising money for borough president bids. Political insiders believe term-limited Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) will also jump into the race. Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) is expected to be another contender, though his lackluster fundraising may keep him out of the race.
The election for borough president will be held in November 2013.
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