New York Post

Pol keeps his 'own' council

Times exit so he can pick his replacemen­t


City Councilman David Greenfield suddenly dropped his reelection bid Monday — timing his announceme­nt so he could handpick his successor.

Greenfield, a Brooklyn Democrat who heads the Land Use Committee, said he’ll take over as executive director of the Metropolit­an Council on Jewish Poverty in January after completing his term.

He claimed that he’s been in talks with the scandal-scarred nonprofit for a “couple of weeks” and reached a deal on Sunday.

The timing makes it impossible for other candidates to get on the Democratic primary ballot since the deadline for filing petitions was nearly four days earlier, midnight on Thursday.

As a result, Greenfield’s campaign will be able to choose the Democratic nominee — and it looks likely to select longtime campaign aide Kalman Yeger (far right, with Greenfield), who is almost certain to win the November election in the district, which includes Midwood and Borough Park.

“Councilman Greenfield’s convenient­ly timed resignatio­n comes right after petitionin­g, effectivel­y allowing him to hand pick his successor,” said Susan Lerner, executive director of watchdog group Common Cause.

“This kind of cynical tactic props up insiders and elites at the expense of voter confidence in our democratic institutio­ns.”

Dick Dadey, director of the good-government group Citizens Union, said the move “disenfranc­hises voters.”

Greenfield insisted the initial job offer came unexpected­ly.

“The process started two weeks ago,” he said. “It happened very quickly.”

The Met Council was rocked by scandal in 2014 when thenhead William Rapfogel pleaded guilty to charges connected to a $9 million kickback scheme.

His replacemen­t, David Frankel, earned over $500,000. Council members are paid $148,500.

Greenfield, who took office in 2010, isn’t the first politician to take advantage of a loophole in the election calendar.

The late Queens Rep. Thomas Manton declined the Democratic line on the last possible day in 1998, allowing his campaign to substitute then-Assemblyma­n Joseph Crowley as the Demo- cratic candidate. In overwhelmi­ngly Democratic New York City, Crowley easily won the general election. He still holds the seat nearly two decades later.

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