11:30 am Dec. 18, 2012
It's official: Former councilman Sal Albanese of Bay Ridge has opened a campaign committee on December 14 in order to run for mayor.
After a 15 year-career in the Council, Albanese ran for mayor in 1997, when he finished third in the primary, and tried again, before dropping out, in 2001. Even at the time, those were considered longshot bids.
Albanese confirmed his latest plan to run in an interview with me last week, stressing his experience as a progressive legislator with an independent streak.
"I really was going to run as an independent," Albanese told me.
But that wouldn't be feasible, he said: "You'll get buried. You won't get your message out."
He said he'd do his best to make indpendence a part of his message anyway.
"Whatever you say about Michael Bloomberg, one of the attributes he brought to the table is his independence," Albanese said. "I think independence is important. It impacts public policy more than anything else."
Other likely Democratic candidates for mayor include City Council Speaker Christine Quinn of Manhattan, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio of Brooklyn, City Comptroller John Liu of Queens, and former city comptroller Bill Thompson, originally from Brooklyn but now residing in Harlem.