Publicly adept CB1 Chairwoman Julie Menin prepares to run for something in 2013

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Julie Menin. (National Institute for Reproductive Health via flickr)
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Julie Menin filed paperwork with the state Board of Elections for an undeclared city office in 2013. 

It's the official start to the long-speculated entrance into electoral politics for the unpaid chairman of Manhattan's Community Board 1.

Menin has attained a high profile in that position, railing against trying terrorists in federal court, supporting the Islamic center near Ground Zero and acted as one of the brokers dealing with Occupy Wall Street protesters.

She routinely interacts with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, whose districts overlaps largely with CB1, and with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who has sought to reform the community boards in Manhattan. She also hosts her own television show, on which she has interviewed Eliot Spitzer, Lou Dobbs and others.

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Until now, Menin has largely avoided speaking publicly about her political ambitions.

It's not immediatley clear what Menin will run for: possibly a Council seat or, with Stringer likely to run for mayor, the borough presidency.

Thanks to the indispensable Colin Campbell for bring this to my attention.