Brigid Bergin is the City Hall reporter for WNYC. She covers city politics including the 2013 mayoral race and transition.
Democrat Mark Murphy plans to challenge first-term Republican Michael Grimm in New York's 13th congressional district. The district covers all of Staten Island and parts of southwest Brooklyn.
Murphy, 41, most recently worked as an aide to Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio representing Staten Island, south Brooklyn and northeast Queens. Murphy resigned from the position over a week ago and plans to launch his campaign Wednesday evening at his headquarters in Staten Island.
This is Murphy’s first bid for elected office and he is currently the only declared Democrat in the race.
Murphy’s father is former Staten Island Congressman John “Jack” Murphy, who served in Congress from 1963 through 1981. The former congressman was defeated by Guy V. Molinari, after he was indicted in the FBI’s Abscam sting.
Staten Island businessman and political novice Alex Borgognone, 31, had announced plans to challenge Grimm in October. But he withdrew from the race in late December to pursue a business opportunity.