Citing the Senate's handling of sexual harassment charges against Judge Clarence Thomas, Comptroller Elizabeth Holtzman of New York City yesterday tossed her hat into the ring for the 1992 senatorial race.

"The events in the U.S. Senate over the past week and a half were the last straw for me," Ms. Holtzman said in a statement yesterday. "I saw a Senate that was not representative of the american people, a Senate with only two women and no African-Americans or Latinos, a Senate dramatically out of touch with the concerns and needs of New Yorkers."

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