Senator Schumer endorses de Blasio, Staten Island Borough President Molinaro backs Lhota


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Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota both received endorsements from New York electeds Friday.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced he was supporting fellow Democrat de Blasio in the race for mayor, saying he “will be a progressive mayor with an economic growth agenda that will lift all boats.”

“New York needs big, bold ideas to meet the challenges before us, and a laser focus on making sure the economic pie is shared more equitably with all New Yorkers. Bill de Blasio is the leader to achieve these goals, and I will do all I can to help make these objectives become reality,” said Schumer in a statement.

The senator is just one of several notable Democrats, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, who have endorsed de Blasio this week.

Lhota won support from Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro today, who previously backed City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in the Democratic mayoral primary.

Molinaro is a member of the Conservative Party.

“Staten Island is benefiting enormously from all the great accomplishments made during Joe Lhota’s tenure as Deputy Mayor, including the free ferry service, establishment of The Petrides School, the opening of Pratt Paper, and the closure of the Fresh Kills landfill,” said Molinaro in a statement. “Then and now, Joe Lhota has the experience, the leadership skills, and the common sense judgment to lead our City forward and continue to help Staten Island prosper.”

The endorsements follow the release of a Quinnipiac University poll on Thursday night that showed de Blasio with a 66 to 25 percent lead over Lhota among likely voters.

It’s the second poll this week to show de Blasio beating Lhota by double digit numbers and winning voter support on most issues.

 

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