9:56 am Jul. 27, 20121
From his perch near the top of the U.S. Senate, Chuck Schumer generally avoids getting involved in local Democratic squabbles.
But he's been known to make an exception on occasion, and this fall he's poised to endorse in a low-rung judicial race in Brooklyn.
Schumer will support Lara Genovesi in her run for civil court judge in Brooklyn's first civil court district.
Genovesi is the daughter of Anthony Genovesi, the longtime Assemblyman and Brooklyn power broker, who died in a car accident in 1998.
At the time, Schumer called Genovesi his mentor. "The closer one got to Tony, the more you loved him," he told the Daily News.
Genovesi was a key aide to former Assembly Speaker Stanley Fink, but was best known for running the powerful Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club, which his daughter now serves as the Law Chairwoman. The Times eulogized him as "a master campaign technician" who "hated to see his name in print."
Backing Genovesi puts Schumer on the side of Brooklyn's Democratic chairman, Vito Lopez, (who was recently compared favorably to Genovesi at a club dinner), and against the borough's reform crowd.
Genovesi is running against Richard Montelione, an openly gay attorney in private practice, who is a longtime member of the Lambda Independent Democrats and has been active on LGBT issues.