Chris Bragg of City & State reports:
Pinny Ringel, a well-known figure in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community who worked as an aide to Democratic ex-Councilman Simcha Felder, is joining the opposing team.
A well-connected Orthodox Jewish source told me this morning that Ringel has been hired as newly minted Republican Sen. David Storobin’s community liaison. The hiring decision was confirmed by Republican operative Michael Fragin, who himself just joined Storobin’s re-election campaign as a top adviser.
The hiring is a coup for Storobin, and a bit surprising, since Ringel had worked in Felder’s office from 2002 to 2010 – until Felder joined the New York City comptroller’s office. Storobin is now running for Senate against Felder, Ringel’s former boss.
“I don’t want to speculate on the reasons for it,” Fragin said.
Reached by phone, Ringel, who currently works as a liason to the Jewish community for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, declined to comment on his future plans.
“As of now, I am working in the New York public advocate’s office, so I cannot comment,” Ringel said.
Ringel himself at one point considered running for Felder’s Council seat, but ultimately passed. The seat was instead won in a special election by Councilman David Greenfield.
(Source: City & State)