Cusick is out
Assemblyman Mike Cusick has opted not to run for this seat this term. Having to give up his state assembly seat to run was a large factor in his decision. You can read the article here
Assemblyman John Lavelle (D-North Shore), the borough Democratic leader, said he wants a candidate in place by the end of next month, but said he understands Cusick's decision.
"Giving up the Assembly seat, that's a big sacrifice to make," said Lavelle, who added that he believes a sitting incumbent would have the best shot against Fossella.
Handicapping the remaining potential candidates, Mike McMahon appears to the highest profile candidate and best chance to compete for this seat. Should he pass this up it seems as though the chances to retake this seat will dramatically fall.