8:25 am Oct. 11, 2011
The two-term Brooklyn councilwoman, who chairs the Sanitation
Contracts Committee, is having a party to "retire debt" on October 19 at For My Sweet, on Fulton Street, according to an invitation sent to me by a reader.
In 2009, she raised $168,033 from private contributions and matching funds from the New York City Campaign Finance Board, but spent $178,668. Among her biggest expenses were $19,459.25 to the Parkside Group for polling and literature and $12,000 to the Victory Consulting Group for campaign consulting and polling.
James is reportedly looking at running for public advocate. Publicly, she has said she is "exploring options" and has not formally declared a candidacy for a specific office.
James entered the City Council a special election in 2003, two years after a majority of the members entered. She will not be term-limited from the City Council until 2017.