3:46 pm Mar. 5, 2012
Assemblyman Rory Lancman is very interested in running for Congress, but like every aspiring candidate in New York at the moment, he's waiting to see how a federal judge will react to the vastly different redistricting proposals submitted by the Republican State Senate and Democratic Assembly.
Lancman sees a way forward for himself no matter which map ends up more closely reflecting the actual lines that will be in place for this year's elections once the courts are (possibly) done with them.
Under the Republican plan, Rep. Bob Turner's district, NY-09, largely stays intact. That district has been the focus of Lancman's shadow campaign for months.
Under the Assembly Democrats' plan, Democratic congressman Joe Crowley and Turner would be drawn into the same congressional district, and Lancman has said explicitly that he's not challenging Crowley. But that Assembly plan creates a new congressional seat that covers parts of the southeast
northwest Bronx and central Queens. It doesn't include any incumbents, but does include Lancman's home in Hillcrest.
When I spoke to him this weekend, Lancman seemed open to the idea of running for either theoretical congressional seat.
"I represent a dozen extraordinarily diverse communities across a long stretch of Queens, and if they think I would do a good job in Congress, both the Assembly and Senate maps give them the opportunity to send me there. I intend to give them that choice."