From the Morning Memo:

The Queens Democrats announced they have selected a candidate to run for the seat vacated by the abrupt passing earlier this month Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz. 

As is often the case, the party has chosen an insider and aide to a current elected official to be its standard bearer in the upcoming November election: Daniel Rosenthal, district director for NYC Councilman Rory Lancman. 

Lancman, as you may recall, represented the 25th AD in Queens from 2007 to 2013. His current Council district overlaps much of the 27th AD.

In his capacity as district director, Rosenthal has been Lancman’s primary liaison with community groups, civic associations and nonprofit organizations, while also assisting constituents with problems and coordinating events and services.

Rep. Joe Crowley, Queens Democratic chairman, said the party is “thrilled” to support Rosenthal, saying he “represents the best and the brightest in our party. He has a deep and unwavering passion for public service, and has spent years working in this community to improve the lives of its residents.” 

According to The Queens Tribune, Rosenthal, like Simanowitz, is an observant Jew, and did not officially launch his campaign last week due to the Rosh Hashanah holiday. 

Simanowitz, who was first elected in 2011 after previously serving as a longtime staffer to former Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn, died after battling an undisclosed illness. 

“Mike Simanowitz was a friend and mentor, who always put his constituents first,” Rosenthal said. “He was the epitome of a great public servant. His passing has left a huge void in our community and in the hearts of all those who knew and loved him.”

A mid-term vacancy and special election gives the power to select a candidate to local party chairs. This process has caused much consternation when it comes to filling the Brooklyn/Lower Manhattan seat of retired ex-Sen. Daniel Squadron, with activists opposing the choice of Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh over Paul Newell. 

Some rank-and-file members of the Manhattan Democratic Party are so angry over the way Kavanagh was selected, that they’re now seeking to exact revenge on their chairman, former Assemblyman Keith Wright. 

It appears no such upheaval was caused by the choice of Rosenthal by the Queens Democratic Party, which tends to be more disciplined and unified, (with some exceptions), when it comes to these sorts of political decisions.