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McLaughlin considering mayoral run

State Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin (D-Flushing), one of the more influential politicians in Queens and head of the New York City Central Labor Council, is eyeing a run for mayor.

The 50-year-old Flushing resident, who did not want to be interviewed on the subject, has continued to raise funds even after winning a sixth term in office in an uncontested election this past November.

“He hasn’t ruled out the possibility,” said Phyllis Shafran, a spokeswoman for McLaughlin. “His options are wide open. He’s gotten a lot of phone calls from people encouraging him.”

McLaughlin, who was elected to his assembly post in 1992, is well known in the city’s labor community. His council represents more than a million workers in the city.

During December’s tense negotiations between the Metropolitan Transit Authority and the transit workers union, McLaughlin played a visible role, speaking with both sides and trying to keep them talking.

McLaughlin, who runs the William Jefferson Clinton Democratic Club of Queens, is considered one of the more powerful politicians in the borough.

But many see McLaughlin as a long shot, since candidates from the outer boroughs rarely win the mayor’s office.

Shafran called Mayor Michael Bloomberg a friend of McLaughlin’s.

Born in Upper Manhattan, McLaughlin began his career as an electrician before becoming active in the Central Labor Council. Before becoming president of the council, McLaughlin served as its pension director.

The assemblyman has lived in Flushing for nearly 30 years and has five children.

Reach reporter Alexander Dworkowitz by e-mail at Timesledger@aol.com or call 718-229-0300, Ext. 141.

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