QUEENS — Daniel Rosenthal, who serves as an aide to Councilman Rory Lancman, has been nominated by the Queens Democratic Party to run for the late Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz’s seat, which covers Kew Gardens, a portion of Forest Hills, Kew Gardens Hills, Briarwood and College Point.
Rosenthal, 26, of Kew Gardens Hills, has served as the district director for Lancman, whose district overlaps a portion of the 27th Assembly District.
The seat was left vacant when Simanowitz, 45, died earlier this month.
“I am running to serve in the 27th Assembly District to continue the work that defined Mike Simanowitz’s public service: strong advocacy on the issues that matter to all our neighbors, dedicated constituent services, and a commitment to making our community a better place to live," Rosenthal, who called Simanowitz his mentor, said in a statement.
According to his campaign, Rosenthal helped secure increased sanitation services in Briarwood, pushed the city’s Department of Design and Construction to complete the long-delayed Kew Gardens Hills library and helped organize opposition to bus lanes on Main Street.
“Daniel represents the best and the brightest in our party,” chairman of the Queens Democratic Party Rep. Joe Crowley said in a statement. “He has a deep and unwavering passion for public service, and has spent years working in this community to improve the lives of its residents."
The special election to fill the seat will take place on Election Day, Nov. 7.