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De Blasio eyes run for Congress in
redrawn 11th District, reports say
Former Mayor Bill de Blasio eats pizza as he stands in line to cast his ballot during early
voting in his home neighborhood of Park Slope. REUTERS/Mike Segar
BY KEVIN DUGGAN
Former Mayor Bill de Blasio is
mulling a run for Congress in New
York’s 11th District, according to multiple
reports, as lawmakers are set to
redraw to expand from Staten Island
and southwest Brooklyn to include
more liberal neighborhoods.
Just over a month after his departure
from City Hall and following his
decision not to launch a bid for governor
after all, de Blasio has been making
calls for a potential Democratic
primary challenge for the seat currently
held by Republican Nicole Malliotakis,
the New York Post and Politico
The state Democrats gerrymandered
New York’s 11th District, the
only swing district in the Five Boroughs,
to include more deep-blue
neighborhoods, and both houses of the
legislature passed the new maps.
The changes to the political borders
across the state come in response
to population changes in the 2020 U.S.
Census, and the Democratically-controlled
Albany Legislature used the
process to cement their majority after
a bipartisan effort to draw the lines
with Republicans failed.
Former congressmember Max Rose
lost his seat after one term to Malliotakis
in 2020, and is vying to reclaim
it. Progressive challenger and fellow
Staten Islander Brittany Ramos De-
Barros has also joined the fi eld from
The seat currently covers Republican
leaning Staten Island and Brooklyn
neighborhoods on the other side
of the Verrazzano Bridge that have
shifted from red to blue in recent
years, like Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights,
and Bath Beach.
The new maps extend the lines into
deep-blue precincts like Sunset Park,
Park Slope, and Gowanus.
Sunset Park District Leader Julio
Peña said he hadn’t gotten the call yet
from de Blasio, but said he had heard
talk of his run.
“I have heard rumors about it and
it’s funny to say the least,” Peña told
Brooklyn Paper’s sister publication
De Blasio has been reaching out to
supporters, Peña said, adding that “after
his administration, I don’t think he
However, the former mayor could
benefi t from his name recognition and
the new makeup of the district will
shift how the Democratic candidates
position themselves, the local pol said.
De Blasio offi cially called off his
rumored run for governor last month,
but teased a future announcement
about his plans to continue to “fi ght inequality
in the state of New York.”
“I’m gonna share some more
news with you in the days ahead and
let’s keep this fi ght going because we
proved change can happen in New
York. Good things ahead,” de Blasio
said in a video message on Twitter on
He also had a go at running for
president in 2019, but suspended his
campaign after four months.
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