Former Mayor Bill de Blasio Plans to Run to Represent Boro Park’s Newly-Drawn 10th Congressional District

Former Mayor Bill de Blasio Plans to Run to Represent Boro Park’s Newly-Drawn 10th Congressional District

By Yehudit Garmaise

Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein has said that former Mayor Bill de Blasio called him today to speak about his interest in running to represent New York’s 10th Congressional District, which is wide open now that US Rep. Jerry Nadler (D) was moved to the 12th District in Manhattan.

“Based on the conversation that I had with [de Blasio] earlier today, he is running for Congress in the new NY-10 Congressional District,” said Assemblyman Eichenstein, who told the New York Post he spoke to the former mayor for approximately 20 minutes. “He is committed to running. He is calling donors and other elected officials.”

After briefly considering running in District 11, where De Blasio usually lives in Park Slope, where his home is currently under renovation, now the former mayor has set his sights on the district with a large Jewish population: both Orthodox and not.

When he served as mayor, de Blasio often spoke with fondness about his days representing Boro Park on the City Council two decades ago.

On his last day in office on Dec. 31, 2021, the former mayor told BoroPark24 when he first started out as a politician, he didn’t know much about Orthodox Jews, but serving in Boro Park opened his eyes to the depth of kindness, care for others, and warmth in the community.

“These neighborhoods are not foreign to him, he’s been representing some of these neighborhoods since 2001,” said Assemblyman Eichenstein, who said he was not endorsing anyone for the 10th District race. “Whether or not: it’s been perfect at all times, these relationships are longstanding and run deep.

“Let’s see how this race shapes up and who will ultimately be on the ballot.”

Others who have expressed interested in the coveted 10th District congressional seat are state Sen. Simcha Felder, (D-Boro Park), state Sen. Brad Hoylman (D- Manhattan), state Assemblyman Robert Carroll (D-Park Slope), and former NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer (D).

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