Queens Councilman Resigning to Work For Cuomo


A councilman from a storied Queens political family is resigning his seat held since 2010 to work for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Mark Weprin, a Democrat who lost a battle to become speaker last year, said his resignation will take effect “within the next two weeks,” The New York Observer reported. They quoted a Democratic source as saying that the lawmaker has been growing “frustrated” with his job.

The resignation means the city will have its third special election this year — if Mayor Bill de Blasio calls for one.

Weprin, whose father Saul Weprin wielded enormous power in the state as Assembly Speaker, was an assemblyman until 2010. He then swapped places with his brother David. Mark ran and won David’s council seat and David successfully replaced Mark in the Assembly.