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Tiffany Caban opens new campaign committee after failed bid for Queens DA

2019-09-16

Tiffany Cabán may be eyeing a comeback.

The insurgent progressive and failed Democratic candidate for Queens district attorney registered a new campaign committee with the state Board of Elections on Friday, but didn’t list what office or seat the account is for.

“Tiffany is taking a minute to rest after a long campaign,” spokesman Karthik Ganapathy said. “She’s still contemplating how best to take on mass incarceration and dismantle systemic inequities in our society, and hasn’t made any decisions.”

The registration identification indicates the committee was set up so she could run for a local city or county office, as opposed to a statewide seat like governor or positions in the New York Senate and Assembly.

Cabán lives in Astoria. If she stays in her current apartment, Cabán could run for city and county seats occupied by Councilman Costa Constantinides and Borough President Melinda Katz, who will step into the District Attorney seat in January.

She also lives in districts currently held by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, state Sen. Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, though she’d have to set up a different committee to run for those seats. She could legally run for other congressional seats as well.

Cabán conceded to Katz in the Democratic primary for Queens DA last month after six weeks of recounts and court battles.

With Katz as the Queens Democratic machine’s pick, the race became a symbol of the deepening rift between the city’s progressive and moderate Democrats. Cabán was the only candidate to support decriminalizing sex work, but her more progressive agenda helped push other district attorney hopefuls to the left on issues like cash bail.

Cabán prematurely declared victory the night of the June 25 primary, but Katz edged into the lead when absentee and affidavit ballots were tallied, triggering a manual recount. Cabán’s team then took the fight to court, arguing dozens of ballots shouldn’t have been ruled invalid.

Katz eventually won with just 55 votes — 34,913 to Cabán’s 34,858. She’s expected to easily defeat the Republican candidate Daniel Kogan in the Nov. 5 general election, when Queens voters will pick a new DA for the first time in nearly three decades.