Former Bay Ridge councilman confirms mayoral run
Sal Albanese, a Democrat who represented Bay Ridge in the City Council in the 1980s and through much of the 1990s, is throwing his hat into the ring in the mayor’s race, Capital New York reported Tuesday.
Albanese, a lawyer, represented the 43rd Council District from 1981 to 1997. He was succeeded by Republican Marty Golden, who served in the council until 2002 when he won election to the state senate. The council seat is currently held by Democrat Vincent Gentile.
Albanese was a teacher at John Jay High School before entering politics. He served on Community School Board 20 during the 1980s. Albanese won election to the City Council by defeating Republican incumbent Angelo Arculeo, who had held the office for more than 20 years. The 1982 campaign was punctuated by Albanese’s charges that Arculeo did not have a district office to serve constituents and that he, Albanese, would make that a priority as a lawmaker. “Angelo, you’re fooling the people,” Albanese told Arculeo at one memorable debate.
The 2013 race will mark the third time Albanese has run for mayor. He was defeated in the 1997 Democratic Primary. He tried again in 2001 and dropped out of the race. He remained active in politics, however, and served as a delegate for Barack Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Albanese is currently an attorney with Mesirow Financial, the investment firm.