10:23 pm Nov. 27, 2012
Councilman Dan Garodnick will announce tomorrow he is dropping out of the city comptroller's race and seeking reelection to his East Side district, according to two sources who spoke with the two-term Democrat.
If re-elected, Garodnick would be expected to make a run for City Council speaker. The two most recent speakers have come from Manhattan.
Garodnick announced his comptroller candidacy last April shortly after the current comptroller John Liu's prospective mayoral campaign was engulfed in a fund-raising scandal. Liu was badly damaged, but still plans to follow through with his plans for a mayoral bid.
But Garodnick's comptroller plans were derailed last week when a better-known, better-funded Democrat, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, announced he was abandoning his bid for mayor to run instead for comptroller.
(Rich Calder of the Post has more on what Stringer's move has done to down-ballot races.)
Messages left for Garodnick and his campaign spokesman were not immediately returned.
Also expected to run for comptroller is Councilman Domenic Recchia of Brooklyn, chairman of the Finance Committee. Recchia has not formally announced his candidacy but has said Stringer will not be "annointed" to city's next comptroller and criticized him for announcing his candidacy while parts of New York were still reeling from Hurricane Sandy.
The race for Council speaker, which is decided by Council members, not voters, is expected to include Inez Dickens of Harlem, Melissa Mark-Viverito of Upper Manhattan and Mark Weprin of Queens.
UPDATE: David Chen tweeted that Garodnick will endorse Stringer for comptroller.