Queens Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan is launching a campaign for speaker, she announced on Wendesday.
Nolan’s bid, if successful, would make her the first woman to lead the Assembly as speaker and the first woman to lead a majority conference in either house of the state Legislature.
The campaign for speaker is taking shape this week as Democrats move to have embattled Speaker Sheldon Silver step down from the post he’s held since 1994 after he was arrested on corruption charges last week.
Among the other candidates in the mix: Manhattan Democrat Keith Wright and Bronx lawmaker Carl Heastie. Rochester-area Majority Leader Joe Morelle, who becomes acting speaker Monday until Feb. 10, did not rule out running for speaker.
As chair of the Assembly’s Education Committee, Nolan is a prominent supporter of the state’s teachers unions.
It will be interesting to see if the teachers union look to back her or Heastie for speaker.
I suppose much will depend on what's going on in the zeitgeist.