Former New York City Councilman Robert Jackson has formed a state Senate campaign committee to raise money for an imminent campaign against freshman state Sen. Marisol Alcantara, state Board of Elections records show.
In 2016, Alcantara narrowly edged out both Jackson and Micah Lasher, an ex-aide to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is unlikely to run again, according to sources.
A two-way race in 2018 in the Upper Manhattan district could benefit Jackson, who could pick up what were Lasher votes on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a neighborhood where some activists are upset that Alcantara is part of the eight-member Independent Democratic Conference, which has again aligned with Senate Republicans.
A spokesman for Jackson, Richard Fife, said only: “Stay tuned.”
Sources previously have told the Times Union a Jackson campaign was coming very soon.
A spokesman for Alcantara, Michael Carter, said that, “She won a race with three men before and we’re confident the people of this district will appreciate her service and decide based on the merits.”
Jackson served three terms on the New York City Council, where he chaired the Education Committee. He was a founder of the Campaign For Fiscal Equity, which filed a successful lawsuit seeking to bring more money to New York City public schools. He also ran a competitive race in 2014 for the same Senate seat, narrowly losing to Adriano Espaillat, who vacated the seat when he won an election to Congress in 2016.
Jackson was hired in December by the Public Employees Federation