McCray for Public Advocate?

Chirlane McCray (Photo via Kings County Politics)

Chirlane McCray, wife of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, is “seriously looking at running” for the post of public advocate, a position her husband once held, according to Stephen Witt of Kings County Politics. Witt cites “several sources.”

Rumors have been swirling recently about McCray’s likely run for some public office, and there has been speculation that she might run for the City Council representing Park Slope, the neighborhood which she and de Blasio lived in for many years.

De Blasio and McCray retain several close political friends from the neighborhood, who would likely be involved in a McCray bid for public advocate. This includes Joni Kletter, de Blasio’s former campaign treasurer, who currently works as the director of appointments in the mayor’s office.

Sources say McCray is unlikely to jump into the Park Slope City Council race, which is expected to field a number of loyalists to de Blasio, including Kletter’s husband, Doug Schneider, who is currently running for Democratic District Leader in the 44th Assembly District against Veteran Democratic District Leader Jacob Gold.

McCray has spearheaded the city’s mental health initiative, ThriveNYC, and has also had a say in major hiring decisions at City Hall, notes Witt. McCray’s press spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied that she would run for the public advocate position, Witt writes.

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