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Nachman Caller dropped out after chat with Speaker Silver


NY Post Repoorts:

A real estate executive mulling a run for an open City Council seat in Brooklyn dropped out suddenly after meeting with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who is backing another candidate, The Post has learned.

Nachum Caller ended his candidacy last Wednesday after chatting with Silver, who is supporting former government official Joe Lazar in the March 23 special election to replace Councilman Simcha Felder.

The district covers Borough Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst.

Four candidates are expected to file petitions tomorrow in the contest including, David Greenfield, executive VP of the Sephardic Community Association, who has been endorsed by Mayor Bloomberg.

One source said Silver wanted Caller out of the race because he feared he would draw votes from Lazar.

But Silver said he met with Caller only as a favor to a rabbi who knows them both and, until last Tuesday, "I didn't know he was contemplating being a candidate."

Silver said he grave Caller his frank assessment that "I don't know that you really have a chance of being successful" but didn't urge him to withdraw.

Silver also said that Caller had asked to be appointed to state task force.

Caller's son, Shaya, said his father has "terminated" his candidacy but he didn't know why.
 
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