Assemblywoman Pheffer’s New Gig
Will Become New Qns. County Clerk
Pheffer, who has represented portions of Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Lindenwood, Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways since 1987, will end her term on May 11 and begin her new job the next day, legislative director Kelly Nolan told the Times Newsweekly.
Pheffer was long considered one of the frontrunners for the position, with her name being mentioned since January as a possibility for the position, which became vacant when D’Amico died last December.
Names being floated in news reports as potential candidates for the 23rd District seat include JoAnn Shapiro, who currently works as Ph- effer’s chief of staff; and Jane Deacy, a Republican district leader.
Many of the candidates who ran in the 2009 election for the 32nd City Council district won by Eric Ulrich (which heavily overlaps Pheffer’s Assembly district)—including Geraldine Chapey, Frank Gulluscio, Mike Ricatto and Lew Simon—could also vie for the state seat.
This marks the third New York City-based Assembly member to vacate their seat, following Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn of Queens, who retired on Apr. 1, and Darryl Towns of Brooklyn, who has taken a position in the Cuomo administration in Albany.