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Cuomo's appointment of Assemblyman Towns may be good news for colleague Jeffries, with a clearer path to the House of Representatives

The ascension of Brooklyn Assemblyman Darryl Towns as commissioner and CEO of New York State's umbrella housing agency is good news for his colleague, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, according to City Hall News, in its 2/11/10, Winners and Losers:
Hakeem Jeffries – Darryl Towns is going to have all sorts of projects in his portfolio as he leaves the Assembly for his new job, but it’s his father’s seat in the House of Representatives that might be affected first and most visibly by his appointment as Andrew Cuomo’s housing commissioner. Now the eventual race to replace Rep. Ed Towns, whose retirement has been expected for years, will almost certainly have one less candidate. That’s good news for Hakeem Jeffries—the Brooklyn Assemblyman who most people have assumed was headed to DC from even before he first arrived in Albany—precisely because it’s bad news for Charles Barron, who will likely need another split primary vote if he wants to squeak through the open primary, whenever it finally comes.
Another potential candidate is the perennial Kevin Powell.


  1. As well as Letitia James. Run, Tish, Run.

  2. Yes, she's been mentioned too.

    Given that the ballot measure banning third terms only applies to official elected at or after the Nov. 2010 election, James could run for a third full Council term in 2013, as well. (She was initially elected in a special election in 2003 to fill the seat held by the assassinated James E. Davis, then was elected in 2005 and 2009.)

    Then again, she had fought the term limits extension so she'd be vulnerable to criticism. She could run for Congress without jeopardizing her Council seat, but again would be vulnerable to criticism if she then decides to run for re-election. Incumbency, however, is quite an advantage.


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