BY JAMES FARRELL
Leaders from the Queens County Democratic Party have nominated Daniel Rosenthal, district director for Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), to run in a special election for Assembly District 27. The seat was left vacant after the death of Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) earlier this month.
Rosenthal confirmed his candidacy in an interview with the Queens Tribune Sunday afternoon.
“I’ve been doing this work for a long time working for Councilmember Lancman; I’ve been dealing with community organizations, civic groups, community work for several years at this point,” he said. “This is the work that I love, this is the work that I’m passionate about and I thought this would be a great chance to be able to continue that work and continue the work that I’ve already been doing and improve on it.”
When a political seat is left vacant, party leaders in the district are tasked with selecting nominees in lieu of a primary. The four Democratic district leaders in charge of Simanowtiz’s Assembly district convened on Sept. 18 and voted to nominate Rosenthal. Rosenthal, who, like Simanowitz, is an observant Jew, has not officially launched his campaign due to the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah this past week.
The special election will be held on Election Day this year, Nov. 7, Rosenthal said.
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