If elected, Felder, 53, “ will be in the driver’s seat,” said political consultant Hank Sheinkopf. “Should he win, he’ll be a senator in a very unique position. Both sides will want him, but on most issues, only one side will have him — and that will be the Republicans.”
The GOP holds a slim 33-29 hold on the Senate majority, and is expected to retain seats it already holds — and perhaps pick up Sen. Joe Addabbo’s (D-Ozone Park) seat in Queens, Sheinkopf said.
“But things change from one week to the next,” he cautioned.
Felder refused to discuss his future party allegiance, but his campaign manager, O’Brien Murray, supplied The Post with a list of committees that “interest” his boss: Commerce Economic Development and Small Business; Education, Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities; and Social Services.
Felder made a failed bid for state Senate in 2008, and works as one of Comptroller John Liu’s deputies. His Senate campaign coffers far exceed that of Storobin, $364,000 to $41,000, state records show.
“We just discuss winning right now,” Murray said.