State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Jamaica) is reportedly contemplating a run for mayor on the Republican Party line.
Smith, who represents a strongly Democratic district, told the NY Post this week that he is “exploring the possibility” of tossing his hat in the race to be the city’s next mayor.
Potential Democratic candidates include former city Comptroller Bill Thompson, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Comptroller John Liu and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.
Under state law, Smith can take the GOP line without having to change his registration as a Democrat. But there is one caveat — he has to get three of the city’s five Republican county leaders to support him.
Smith has represented the 14th Senatorial District since winning a special election in March of 2000. It includes the neighborhoods of Hollis, St. Albans, Cambria Heights, Queens Village, Rosedale and the Rockaways.