Micah Lasher – the outsider with insider connections

Lasher hands out leaflets outside of a Morningside Heights supermarket. Credit: Elizabeth Haq/The North Polls

By Elizabeth Haq

Touting his experience and lofty connections, Micah Lasher is running for State Senate in a four-way race for Manhattan’s District 31

The 34-year-old was most recently chief of staff to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. He has criticized opponent Marisol Alcantara for her alliance with the Senate Independent Democratic Conference, a five-member coalition of independent Democrats and Republicans.

His other challengers are Robert Jackson and Luis Tejada.

Lasher, who served as director of state legislative affairs under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, lives in the Upper West Side with his wife and three young children. He seeks to represent an sprawling district that spans Chelsea, Clinton, the Upper West Side, Morningside Heights, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, Hudson Heights, Inwood and Marble Hill.

The political insider considers “reform revolution” a top priority, according to his website. He seeks to reduce campaign contribution limits and ban outside income for legislators. 

“Things are deeply broken in Albany,” Lasher said, when asked how the upcoming presidential election would affect New York State Senate. “In this election year…there’s an opportunity for a Democratic Senate and a shaking up of the power structure.” 

Lasher received $453,467 in contributions in 2016, according to the state Board of Elections. Donors include actor Aziz Ansari, high-profile lawyer David Boies, Two Trees Management Company, a real estate development firm, and Bloomberg-era colleagues Bradley Tusk, Michael Cardozo and Stuart Loeser, who collectively gave almost $20,000 this past summer.

Campaign Platform

  • Protect and expand affordable housing
  • Support and increase funding for public education at every level
  • Reform New York State Senate
  • Invest in sustainable energy
  • Support LGBT communities and abortion rights

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