NEW YORK CITY — Hours after State Sen. Daniel Squadron announced his impending resignation from the state legislature, Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh became first to declare his candidacy for the soon-to-be vacant seat.
Kavanagh, who currently represents Assembly District 74 extending from the Lower East Side through Midtown East, is running to fill Squadron's State Senate seat in District 26, the assemblyman announced Wednesday afternoon.
“I am running for State Senate to fight for our communities in Manhattan and Brooklyn and create the progressive, reform-minded Senate that New Yorkers deserve,” said Kavanagh in a statement.
“For 11 years in the Assembly, I have advocated for my constituents and stood up when government in Albany has failed to function as it should. As a State Senator, I will fight for the things that matter to New Yorkers: strengthening rent laws and preserving affordable housing, increasing access to quality schools, safeguarding the environment, promoting economic and social justice, preventing violence in our communities, and creating a fairer and more accessible political process.”
Squadron announced early Wednesday morning he would be resigning Friday with a New York Daily News op-ed that lamented corruption in the state legislature and stated he would be launching an initiative to battle corruption in elections across the country. He added that his seat would be filled in the upcoming November election.