NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Metropolis Mayor Bill de Blasio says he’s contemplating a run for Congress after a authorized battle over the state’s political maps opened up a seat in Brooklyn.

The 2-term Democrat, who left office at the end of 2021, mentioned Wednesday that he’s shaped an exploratory committee for New York’s tenth Congressional District. The Democratic-heavy district will embrace a big slice of western Brooklyn, the place he lives.

New York’s tenth District is at the moment represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, however the state’s political maps are being redrawn underneath supervision of a New York decide after a court docket discovered they have been unconstitutional and gerrymandered in favor of Democrats.

The court docket this week unveiled new proposed maps that considerably draw numerous New York Metropolis-based districts. Nadler mentioned he believed the maps have been modified a lot that also they are unconstitutional, but when the proposed districts grow to be ultimate on the finish of this week, he intends to run within the twelfth District representing Manhattan.

The first contest has been pushed again from June to August 23.

De Blasio toyed with operating for governor this 12 months earlier than deciding to take a seat it out. He additionally had a short-lived run for president in 2019.