Queens City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, a front-runner to become the next speaker, has suddenly dropped her re-election run.
The only contender in the race for her Corona district seat is now Hiram Monserrate, the disgraced former state senator who spent time in a federal lock-up for stealing government funds.
He was also found guilty of a misdemeanor for slashing his girlfriend with a broken glass during a fight in 2008, while he was in the City Council.
The news, first reported by Politico on Thursday, sent shockwaves through the city’s political circles.
One in-the-know political player suggested it’s now likely the Queens Democratic Party would back Assemblyman Francisco Moya to run for the open seat.
Ferreras-Copeland, who married two years ago and has a two-year-old son, cited family considerations for her decision.
“Although this was not an easy decision, this is what makes sense for my son, for my family, and for me,” .
Insiders speculated that there had to more her decision though.
“Everybody’s thinking something else is happening here that we’re not immediately seeing,” said one insider.
Ferreras-Copeland was considered one of three top contenders to take over Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito’s post. The other two are Councilmen Corey Johnson and Mark Levine, both from Manhattan.