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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Corey Johnson says he has decided not to run for state Senate in the upcoming election to fill outgoing Senator Tom Duane’s seat.
“After carefully weighing whether or not to run for state Senate, I’ve decided to move full steam ahead with my campaign for City Council next year,” said the Community Board 4 chairperson.
Meanwhile, he’s supporting Brad Hoylman — who would have likely been his rival in the City Council campaign — for the state Senate.
“I’m proud to join the growing list of community leaders and elected officials who are endorsing Brad’s candidacy for state Senate,” Johnson said. “Tom Duane leaves big shoes to fill — he has served our neighborhoods on the West Side for over 20 years. Tom has been an exemplary leader in fighting on behalf of tenants, for more affordable healthcare and making marriage equality the law of the land in New York.
“Brad has been a colleague as chairperson of Community Board 2, with a sterling record of service on behalf of the neighborhoods he’s represented. I’m proud to support his campaign. He will be a leading voice of reform in Albany and an outstanding state Senator.”
According to a source, Hoylman will, in fact, have an opponent in the Democratic primary. Word has it that Tommy Grecko is being put up by the McManus Democratic Club. Greco is the owner of the Ritz, an L.G.B.T. bar and lounge in Hell’s Kitchen, and also a member of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club.