Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer has opted to endorse Assemblyman Richard Brodsky for attorney general, opting to back her fellow Westchester Democrat over her Senate colleague, Eric Schneiderman.


Many senators have already declared their support of Schneiderman, including Conference Leader John Sampson. But Oppenheimer apparently has decided local politics trumps chamber politics.

This makes sense when you consider the fact that Schneiderman isn’t going to be in the conference any longer, regardless of whether he wins or loses, and Brodsky is still going to be a Westchester resident, regardless of the outcome of his statewide bid.

(Of course, either one of these legislators – both of whom have to give up their current posts to run for AG – might yet opt to drop out of the race and seek re-election; they’ve got until petitions are filed to do so, I believe, and that’s after the convention).

“I’m delighted to endorse my friend and colleague Assemblyman Richard Brodsky for Attorney General,” Oppenheimer said in a statement released by Brodsky’s campaign.

“His extraordinary works on reform of state government, on property tax relief, on education, especially on the environment and as a lawyer are perfect qualifications for serving the people of the state. I’ve known him as a fighter for the people of Westchester and the entire state. He’ll use his skills to protect people and reform government.”

Brodsky’s release notes that this is his first endorsement from a senator and adds: “Announcements regarding other Senate endorsements will be made soon.” Hmmm.