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Queens 23rd Assembly District: Running Against Albany


Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, with the backing of the Democratic and Working Families parties, faces challenger Gerald Sullivan, who will appear on the Republican, Conservative and Independence line.

Pheffer has served in Albany for two decades, and in his challenge Sullivan has cast himself as the anti-establishment candidate, willing to stand up to the all-powerful Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver.

She chairs the Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee and is one of the assembly's senior members. Before the City Council extended term limits, Pheffer was widely seen as the Democratic Party's choice for Queens borough president in the 2009 race. Now that the current borough president, Helen Marshall, could run again, Pheffer's plans are unclear.

Sullivan, 41, a businessman from Breezy Point, has $21,825 in his campaign account, according to the state Board of Elections. Pheffer has $96,732 in her campaign finance account.

The district includes the Rockaways.



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