With longtime Assemblywoman Annette Robinson reportedly set to retire, a top central Brooklyn operative, L. Joy Williams, is making moves towards running for the seat.
Williams, who just registered a campaign committee to raise money for a run, served as deputy director of community relations to former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson – and went on become Thompson’s political director in his 2009 mayoral campaign. She currently runs her own firm, LJW Community Strategies, and is managing Councilwoman Tish James’ under-the-radar campaign for public advocate.
Robinson has never officially confirmed the Observer’s report that she is retiring. And in an interview, Williams was careful to say that she is not entirely sure Robinson is departing her Assembly seat.
“I just opened an account in preparation for a possible vacancy,” she said. “I’m not sure whether it’s going to happen anytime soon.”
Williams also serves on Community Board 3, as the first vice president of the Brooklyn NAACP and a board member of the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA.
There’s a lot political upheaval currently swirling in central Brooklyn.Not only is Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries running against longtime Congressman Ed Towns, but the tenures of two longtime lawmakers, Robinson and New York City Councilman Al Vann, may soon be ending.
Robinson was elected to the City Council in 1991, then was elected to the Assembly in 2002 — swapping seats with Vann. But with Robinson rumored to be retiring and Vann term-limited in 2013, it looks like central Brooklyn may be getting some fresh blood.
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