Now that Pete Grannis has been approved by the NYS Senate to chair the DEC, his assembly district in Manhattan’s Upper East Side is up for grabs (probably in a May 1 special election).
In all likelihood, the seat will go to Micah Kellner, currently an aide to NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson. If elected, Kellner will be the first openly bisexual member of the NYS Assembly (continuing a recent run of historic elections for LGBT people). Kellner runs on a reform platform, endorsing many of the “fix Albany” reforms that Spitzer touted during his gubernatorial campaign. He’s also said that he strongly supports the forthcoming marriage equality bill.
For the record: As an assemblymember, Grannis was excellent on LGBT issues. We thank him for his many years of support and wish him luck in his new role.