Late this afternoon, New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens) voted with the Republican Party (along with Dem Pedro Espada, Jr. of the Bronx), shifted the balance of power in the state senate, and threw out NYS Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith (D-Queens). Neither turncoat Democrat says he will change his official party affiliation.

As I am writing this, the Long Island GOP’s own Dean Skelos has already been sworn in as the new Majority Leader–which means that all new committee chairs have to be picked, and everybody is going to play musical offices (the GOP will want the bigger offices suites back), and NO lawmaking will get done in Albany for weeks, maybe months.

So, who is going to primary Monserrate? It happens that long, long, long ago, back when I was in college, I was a Dem County Committeewoman in Queens. And sometimes you talk to people.

Here’s a possible list of Democratic contenders for Monserrate’s soon to be former seat:

Cynthia Kouril

Cynthia Kouril

Cynthia Kouril is a former Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York under several different U.S. Attorneys, former counsel to the Inspector General for the N.Y.C. Department of Environmental Protection where she investigated threats to the New York City water supply and other environmental crimes, as well as public corruption and fraud against the government, former Examining Attorney at the N.Y.C. Department of Investigation and former Capital Construction Counsel at New York City Parks and Recreation.
She is now in private practice with a colleague whom she met while at the USA Attorney's Office. Ms. Kouril is a member of the Steering Committee, National Committeewoman and Regional Coordinator for the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, a member of the Program Committee of the Federal Bar Council and a member of the Election Law Committee at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is active in several other Bar Associations.
Most important of all, she is a soccer mom.