Mayoral candidates Bill Thompson, Bill De Blasio, and John Liu, and Comptroller hopeful Scott Stringer paid their respects to Brooklyn Democratic Party Chairman Frank Seddio and 600 other politicos at the Thomas Jefferson Club’s annual dinner in Mill Basin on Sunday night. But the political ambitions of many other guests in attendance remain fluid due to Stringer’s decision to drop his mayoral campaign and continued uncertainty over which party will control the state senate.
Councilman Domenic Recchia, who has explored a run at comptroller, is now reportedly eyeing Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s term-limited seat. Taxi Commissioner David Yassky, who has kept up a busy schedule of appearances this fall, may be looking at both offices, though sources said he is unlikely to run for comptroller and could be leaning toward borough president. And one source said state Sen. Daniel Squadron, who is interested in either the public advocate or borough president posts, may step away from citywide office if Democrats hold the majority in the coming weeks. But sources close to Squadron dispute those suggestions strongly. Squadron on Tuesday affirmed he is exploring the post regardless of the power struggle in Albany.
“I’m pursuing public advocate regardless of what happens in Albany,” he said. “It’s an important job at an important time in the city.”
State Sen. Eric Adams dismissed rumors that he is interested in becoming Senate majority leader if Democrats secured the chamber, and said he was focused on the borough president’s race. He spent much of the evening talking privately with Senate Minority Leader John Sampson, who promised the crowd that he was going to “get the Senate back to Democratic control.”
Markowitz, who has not revealed his plans after he leaves office next year, gave Seddio a model of the Brooklyn Bridge in honor of the event and nudged former Brooklyn Democratic Party Chairman Vito Lopez.
“There are no more demons, no more enemy-lists, no more worries about the future of the Democratic Party,” he said. “A new day has begun.”
Seddio thanked the attendees and singled out Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries who has attended club functions in the past and is now headed to Washington as a congressman in January.
“Thirty years ago, Chuck Schumer walked into this room as a congressman-elect and we know you can get to where he is today,” said Seddio. “Hakeem, don’t forget where you came from.”
Seddio will have a busy holiday season. He will host another fund-raiser, the county’s Democratic Party dinner, a party for Brooklyn district leaders, and the TJ Club’s annual holiday party, a free event, later this month. And on Sunday, he will host a small gathering to turn on the Christmas lights at his Canarsie home-office, a display so bright that you can see it from the Belt Parkway.
Other attendees include Reps. Yvette Clarke and Ed Towns, Assemblymembers Alan Maisel, Joan Millman, Rory Lancman, and Alec Brook-Krasny, Councilmembers Inez Dickens, Mark Weprin, Mike Nelson, Vincent Gentile, Letitia James, Lew Fidler, Jumaane Williams, and David Greenfield, Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce director Carlo Scissura, and council candidate Tommy Torres.