*Assemblyman Ortiz Looks Up
For Felix W. Ortiz
(D), time has come for the Latino community to make its presence known in New York politics–and Ortiz thinks he can make that happen.
“The Democrats and Republican parties need to have a clear understanding of the major role that Hispanics are playing in politics today,” he told City Hall News.
Ortiz, familiar to Sunset Parkers from ballots and the type emblazoned on his Fourth Avenue Office, has his sights set on higher office. The Assemblyman of the 51st district, which stretches from Boerum Hill to Sunset Park, is looking towards a run for the office of Comptroller held by Tom DiNapoli or Kirsten Gillibrand’s Senate seat, City Hall News reported.
First elected to the state Senate in 1994, and in appointed 1998 to the National Conference of State Legislators Committee on Human Services. He subsequently chaired the Assembly Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition Policy. He now chairs the committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and is a member of Correction; Labor; Rules and Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry, according to the bipartisan Project Vote Smart
, which also notes voting history and campaign finance records.
Ortiz has not made any final decisions about his next step, he said, but will open a statewide exploratory committee in March.
*Going Postal in Sunset Park