Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie is expected to formally kick off his campaign to unseat state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) this week according to a report published in Monday’s Daily News.
Comrie could not be reached for comment, but said to the Chronicle in a phone conversation last month that he had been “90 percent ready” to run.
The News reported that the popular former councilman would resign from his current post as deputy borough president.
Smith was indicted on federal corruption charges in April 2013 in connection with charges that he attempted to bribe his way onto the Republican ballot for mayor last year. Smith, former Republican Councilman Dan Halloran and former Queens GOP Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone will go to trial on June 2.
Two codefendants already have pleaded guilty, while another from upstate will be tried after Smith and Halloran.
If he is convicted, Smith would be kicked out of the Senate. His attempt to delay the trial until after the Democratic primary was denied.
Smith, the former Senate majority leader who incurred the wrath of the Democratic party and some constituents for switching to the Independent Democratic Conference last year, already had a crowded field of challengers including Clyde Vanel and Munir Avery, both of whom are attorneys, and U.S. Navy veteran Bernadette Semple.