City Council Speaker Christine Quinn officially endorsed Bill de Blasio for mayor Tuesday.
“It is time for Democrats throughout our city to put aside their differences and fight together for the progressive values we all share,” Quinn said in a statement. “By working together, we will build a stronger city where no New Yorker is left behind, and where working and middle class families have access to good-paying jobs, great schools, quality health care, affordable housing, and safe streets.”
De Blasio, thanking Quinn, who finished third in the primary last week, said it was “an honor” to receive her support.
“She is a tireless fighter for her constituents and she has always been a powerful voice on so many critical issues – from housing to fairness to fighting for the middle class. I look forward to working with her to move our great city forward.”
The announcement was made a day after and at the same spot that another former mayoral opponent, Bill Thompson, said he was dropping out of the race and supporting de Blasio.
“I’m proud to stand next to a great New Yorker and throw my support behind him. And I ask every single person who campaign for me, supported me and voted for me to do the same thing,” Thompson said Monday.
Governor Cuomo also expressed his support for the current public advocate to become the next leader of the city on the steps of City Hall yesterday.
“Bill is going to lead this city in the great, progressive Democratic traditions that made this the greatest city on the planet,” said Cuomo.
Since finishing first in the Democratic primary, with 40 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results, de Blasio has been racking up endorsements, including, the Working Families Party and former backers of Thompson and Quinn.