Queens, NY - Jewish Aide To Schmuer Said To Be Eying Empty Assembly Seat
Queens, NY - The scramble to fill the seat of former Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer has taken another turn, with her longtime aide announcing she will not run for the post.
That clears the deck for Phillip Goldfeder, an aide to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer. Goldfeder is being touted as the Queens Democratic Party’s pick to replace Pheffer, who recently stepped down from her legislative post to become the Queens County Clerk.
The district includes parts of Ozone Park, Howard Beach and the Rockaways.
“I’ve been very blessed being able to work with Audrey for all those years,” said Joann Shapiro. “It allowed me to serve at a certain level, and I think I did it well.”
Shapiro said she made the decision not to run after having discussions with her family.
“I don’t plan on leaving the community,” she said. “I will continue to serve in a different capacity and am looking forward to it.”
Goldfeder, a Far Rockaway native, has worked for both Republicans and Democrats, including a stint on Mayor Bloomberg’s 2005 campaign and City Councilman Simcha Felder’s unsuccessful campaign for state Senate.
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