Joe Lazar, a first-time candidate for public office and a retired government employee, told the New York Sun in an exclusive today that he intends to run against incumbent Councilman Simcha Felder if term limits are extended. “I have every reason to continue running, no matter what happens,” Mr. Lazar told the New York Sun. Of all the candidates interviewed by the New York Sun, Joe Lazar was the only candidate in New York City who went on record as actively opposing an incumbent member of the city council.
In contrast, the other candidate for this council seat, community activist and attorney David Greenfield said “Councilman Simcha Felder has done an outstanding job as our representative in the city council. If term limits are extended I will do everything I can to ensure that Simcha is re-elected.”
Joe’s comments are startling considering that in Felder’s most recent race just weeks ago, Felder won 96% of the vote in Boro Park. This is despite the fact that Assemblyman Dov Hikind supported his opponent, Kevin Parker. Assemblyman Hikind is also supporting Joe Lazar. One political expert that YWN contacted said that “it is the height of arrogance for a first-time candidate who is not known in the community to think that he can defeat a popular incumbent.” The observer predicted that Lazar would be soundly defeated at the polls ending his nascent political career.
Political observers are split on whether or not term limits will actually be extended to a third-term. The public has voted twice to keep the two-term limits on members of New York City government including the City Council and Mayor. However, in a recent survey, a majority of the City Council said that they would approve a third-term extension on their own. Ultimately, the fate of a possible third-term is in the hands of Mayor Michael Bloomberg who has been unwilling to commit to signing legislation that would extend term limits.
(Dov Gordon – YWN)