[Elizabeth Benjamin of the Daily News reports] A spokeswoman for Comptroller John Liu today chastised City Council hopeful Joe Lazar for distributing literature that seems to imply he has been endorsed man he’s trying to replace, Simcha Felder, in tomorrow’s 44th CD special election.
The mailer quotes Felder saying: “I want to thank Joe Lazar for all the help he has given our community.” There’s no indication as to when or where the former councilman made that statement.
Felder referred a call seeking comment to Liu spokeswoman Sharon Lee, who said:
“(Felder) has not and will not be involved in the race. Any photos or literature insinuating the deputy comptroller’s support were unauthorized.”
Felder departed his seat on the Council to join Liu’s staff as deputy comptroller for budget and accounting, leaving shortly after he was sworn for a third term.
Lazar’s chief competition in the 44th CD is David Greenfield, who, like Felder, used to work for Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
Hikind is supporting Lazar. So is Liu, although you wouldn’t know is from the other side of the mailer, which apparently is being sent out in Boro Park (hence the re-print of The Jewish Press endorsement, plus the photos of Hikind, Assemblyman Steve Cymbrowitz and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio).
On his list of endorsements from elected officials, Greenfield has former Brooklyn Democratic Chairman/Assemblyman Vito Lopez, Mayor Ed Koch and Mayor Bloomberg, who campaigned with the candidate last week.