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In a wide-ranging interview with the TimesLedger last Thursday, Shulman said...

By Kathianne Boniello

Veteran Queens Borough President Claire Shulman said last week that she would seek to stay in city government after she is forced to leave office Jan. 1 because of term limits.

In a wide-ranging interview with the TimesLedger last Thursday, Shulman said she would not disappear from the political scene and might work for the new mayor depending on who wins the election.

“I’m not retiring,” she said. Shulman was the first woman to be elected borough president in Queens when she attained the post in 1986. “I am not going to run for anything this year.”

The city’s term limits law will force the mayor and four out of five borough presidents out of office in November. The entire Queens city council delegation will also be forced from office in the fall.

A former Bayside resident whose daughter became an astronaut in the mid-1990s, Shulman said she would consider working in a future city administration.

“I’ll think about it, but I don’t know,” Shulman said of running for elected office again. “I know how to make the city operate.”

When asked if she would run for office in two years when city offices are up for grabs again, Shulman said: “I’ll think about it.”

Posted 7:05 pm, October 10, 2011
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