City Councilman David Greenfield, chairman of the powerful Land Use Committee, isn’t running for re-election to take the helm of a non-profit that was racked by scandal three years ago.
Greenfield, a Brooklyn Democrat, is expected to leave at the end of the year to become executive director at the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, three Democratic operatives said.
As part of the move, Greenfield is expected to tap his protégé, Kalman Yeger, to run for his seat,
With a September primary looming, there is no time for new challengers to submit the required petitions to run for the seat on the Democratic line, which clears the path for Yeger.
Greenfield has raised at least $855,342 for the race and had $507,248 on-hand for what would have been a layup re-election bid, campaign finance records show.
The Met Council was rocked in 2014 when its then-head William Rapfogel pleaded guilty in a $9 million insurance kickback scheme.
The non-profit’s current director now earns more than $500,000 — compared to the $148,500 paid to council members.