Manhattan City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez is about to announce his candidacy for a Congressional seat that serves the Bronx.
Rodriguez on Friday filed a document with the Federal Election Commission stating he is weighing a run next year for the 15th Congressional District seat now held by Rep. José Serrano, who announced his retirement in March.
Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) is expected to formally enter the race Monday, the Daily News has learned.
He currently lives in the upper Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood, his FEC filing says. He represents Inwood and Washington Heights on the City Council.
Across the Harlem River, Rodriguez will join a crowded field in the southern Bronx district. The candidates include Democratic Bronx councilmen Ritchie Torres and Rubén Díaz Sr., and Bronx Democratic Assemblyman Michael Blake.
Rodriguez will also face former Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, another Manhattan resident.
Rodriguez and Torres are both in their second and final term in the City Council, and will not be able to seek re-election in 2021.
Rodriguez, who is chair of the City Council’s transportation committee, has lobbied the mayor’s office to be nominated as the next chair of the Taxi & Limousine Commission.
Rodriguez and Mark-Vivierito both fell short in the Public Advocate special election last February, garnering just 6% and 11.2% of the vote, respectively. Rodriguez said in an email that a strong showing in the 15th district in that race inspired him to launch his run.