Michael Gianaris, a rookie senator from Queens with a high statewide profile, will become the new head of the effort to elect Democrats to the State Senate.
Gianaris was appointed by Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson to replace Sen. Jeff Klein of the Bronx after the Democrats were knocked out of the majority in the November election.
“Mike Gianaris is a dynamic fundraiser and effective leader who will work with our members to win more Democratic seats. With his energy and expertise, Senate Democrats are gearing up for a successful election cycle,” Sampson said. “I’d also like to applaud outgoing DSCC Chair Jeff Klein whose leadership was instrumental in key victories this year. Jeff will continue as deputy leader for the conference and will focus his efforts on our legislative agenda over the next two years.”
Gianaris is no stranger to Western New York after he was mentioned prominently in past years as a candidate for attorney general, but decided to instead run for the Senate this year.
--Robert J. McCarthy