After ‘encouraging’ Assembly bid, Phyllis Nastasio joins City Council District 13 race


In her first bid for public office last November, longtime community member and school teacher Phyllis Nastasio came away encouraged by the result of her race for the state’s then-vacant 80th Assembly District. Nastasio, a Republican, garnered just above 30% of the vote against eventual winner John Zaccaro Jr., a Democrat, but views that threshold as a sign of progress for a GOP candidate running against a distinct Democratic voter registration advantage.

With momentum from that race and a perception that incumbent District 13 City Councilmember Marjorie Velázquez —  who represents areas in the East Bronx like Throggs Neck, Morris Park, Pelham Bay and Country Club — is vulnerable in her bid for reelection this year, Nastasio has entered her name into a rapidly growing Republican primary for the seat.