3:10 pm Jan. 31, 2013
Assemblyman Alan Maisel has filed paperwork to run for the City Council seat being vacated by Lew Fidler of Brooklyn, according to a source.
Maisel's Assembly district is within the new proposed lines for 46th Council district, which includes the neighborhoods of Bergen Beach, Canarsie, Mill Basin and Sheepshead Bay.
Maisel would enter the race at an advantage over his would-be rivals. His legislative work has already put him in touch with many of the civic and political leaders who'll be influential in the race. And his home political club, the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club, is the nerve center of the Brooklyn Democratic organization.
According to decidenyc.com, which is tracking the expansive list of candidates for New York City races this year, other candidates eyeing the 46th Council seat include former state senator David Storobin, a Republican, and Democrat Mercedes Narcisse, founder and president of the Avenue L Merchants Association.
Maisel didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
UPDATE: A couple of readers more knowledgable about Brooklyn than I am, including Colin Campbell, have contacted me to say Storobin is more likely to run in the neighboring Council District currently represented by Michael Nelson, which leans more Republican than Fidler's district.