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North Brooklyn Councilman Antonio Reynoso May Face Challenger Next Fall

By Gwynne Hogan | December 28, 2016 4:13pm
 Male District Leader Tommy Torres (left) is considering a bid for incumbent Antonio Reynoso's city council seat, he said.
Male District Leader Tommy Torres (left) is considering a bid for incumbent Antonio Reynoso's city council seat, he said.
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WILLIAMSBURG — City councilman Antonio Reynoso who represents parts of Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Bushwick and Ridgewood, Queens, in the 34th City Council District may face a challenger in next year's election.

Tommy Torres, the current Male District Leader for the 53rd Assembly District, Community Board 1 member, and assistant principal and baseball coach at the Grand Street Campus High School, is considering a challenge against the incumbent, he said.

"I'm very interested," Torres said, but would not officially announce his candidacy. He added that others in the district were encouraging him to run, though he declined to say who.

Official petitions with 450 signatures aren't due until this summer, according to the City's Board of Elections, though if potential candidates plan on fundraising they have to register with the city's Board of Elections beforehand.

Kings County Politics first reported that Torres was considering a run at Reynoso's city council seat.

Reynoso has held down the city council spot in the 34th District since he was first elected in 2013, beating out an earlier challenge from Torres. Reynoso also defeated disgraced Vito Lopez in that primary, earning 50 percent of the vote in the September primary, according to election results.

This election cycle Reynoso has already raised $62,496 from 338 donors, city campaign finance records show. 

Reynoso's office couldn't be reached immediately for comment.