Austin Shafran, who ran unsuccessfully for the District 19 City Council seat in September’s Democratic primary, has been named New York legislative director of the Working Families Party.
Shafran, 32, of Bayside, lost to Paul Vallone by only 193 votes in a five-person race. It was the first time he ran for office, although his career has centered around working for Democratic Party officials.
In his new job he is expected to deal with gaining support for more public financing of elections, higher wages for fast-food workers and other initiatives.
Prior to running for election, Shafran was the spokesman for the state Economic Development agency and previously worked as an aide to former Congressman Gary Ackerman and former Councilman David Weprin and with the state Senate Democratic Caucus.
“Austin has proven himself as a skilled campaign strategist who is dedicated to making New York work for all of us, not just the wealthy and well-connected. We’re pleased to have him on board,” said Bill Lipton, the WFP’s New York director.