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Endorsement roundup

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The Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens and the National Latino Officers Association endorsed Comptroller John Liu.

The Uniformed Firefighters Association and Livery Base Owners Association endorsed Bill Thompson.

Councilmembers Stephen Levin, Michael Nelson, Mark Weprin and James Gennaro endorsed City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.



Cathy Guerriero recently secured backing from Local 1106 of the Communications Workers of America; Ironworkers Local 40 NYC; and the Stone Derrickmen and Riggers Ironworkers Local 197 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union, AFL-CIO.

The Livery Base Owners Association endorsed Tish James.

Congressmemebers Joe Crowley, Greg Meeks; Councilmembers Julissa Ferreras, Karen Koslowitz, Mark Weprin, Jim Gennaro, ; and Assemblymembers Francisco MoyaDavid, Weprin, Andrew Hevesi, Mike Simanowitz, Mike DenDekker, Bill Scarborough endorsed Reshma Saujani.



The Captains Endowment Association endorsed Paul Vallone for District 19.

The National Latino Officers Association endorsed John Ciafone for District 22.



Congressmember Grace Meng endorsed Melinda Katz.

Endorsement roundup

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Former governor of Vermont and 2004 Presidential Candidate Howard Dean and a coalition of leaders from Brooklyn’s Caribbean clergy community endorsed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

The Metropolitan Region CSEA Local 1000 endorsed Comptroller John Liu.

New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council endorsed City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Transport Workers Union Local 100, the New York City Uniform Traffic and Sanitation Enforcement Agents, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez and Assemblymember Gabriela Rosa endorsed Bill Thompson.



State Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblymembers Steven Cymbrowitz and Mark Gjonaj and Councilmember Margaret Chin endorsed Daniel Squadron.

Congressmember Grace Meng, Councilmember Peter Koo and Assemblymember Ron Kim endorsed Reshma Saujani.

CWA Local 1182 and DC 37 endorsed Councilmember Letitia James.



The Flushing Letter Carriers Association Branch 294 endorsed State Senator Tony Avella.

Former Mayor David Dinkins and DC 37 endorsed Councilmember Leroy Comrie.



Doctors Council SEIU endorsed Paul Vallone for District 19.

Former Governor David Paterson endorsed Joan Flowers for District 27.

DC 37 endorsed John Duane for City Council District 19, Councilmember Peter Koo for District 20, Costa Costantinides for District 22 and Rory Lancman for District 24.

Endorsement roundup

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United Federation of Teachers, The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators endorsed Bill Thompson.

Assemblymembers Edward Braunstein, Michael DenDekker, Aravella Simotas, Catherine Nolan, Margeret Markey, David Weprin, Michael Simanowitz, Andrew Hevesi and Francisco Moya endorsed Christine Quinn.

Teamsters Joint Council 16 endorsed Christine Quinn.



The Working Families Party endorsed Melinda Katz.

Organization of Staff Analysts endorsed Councilmember Leroy Comrie.



Senator Charles Schumer endorsed State Senator Daniel Squadron.



Congressmember Grace Meng and Assemblymember Ron Kim endorsed Paul Vallone for District 19.

Former Public Advocate Mark Green endorsed Austin Shafran for District 19.

Endorsement roundup

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The United Federation of Teachers endorsed the following candidates:

District 20: Peter Koo

District 21: Julissa Ferreras

District 22: Costa Constantinides

District 23: Mark Weprin

District 24: Rory Lancman

District 25: Daniel Dromm

District 26: Jimmy Van Bramer

District 27: Daneek Miller

District 30: Elizabeth Crowley

District 31: Donovan Richards

District 32: Eric Ulrich

Paul Vallone was endorsed by Assemblymember Ron Kim, the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, Lieutenants Benevolent Association and Fire Marshals Benevolent Association for his District 19 run.

1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East endorsed Austin Shafran for District 19.

State Senator Tony Avella endorsed Paul Graziano for District 19.

District Council 37 and the Transit Workers Union endorsed Councilmember Donovan Richards.



Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. was endorsed by State Senator Michael Gianaris.

Melinda Katz was endorsed by Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer and Daniel Dromm and the Stonewall Democratic Club.



The Conservative Party endorsed Joe Lhota.

Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito, representing East Harlem and the Bronx, endorsed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

The New York Metropolitan Area Joint Board of Workers United/SEIU, District Council 37, the Organization of Staff Analysts, Assemblymember William Colton and the United Progressive Democratic Club endorsed John Liu.



Brooklyn-Queens National Organization of Women endorsed Reshma Saujani.

Def Jam Records co-founder, entrepreneur and activist Russell Simmons endorsed Reshma Saujani.

State Senators Joseph Addabbo, Michael Gianaris, Assemblymembers Phillip Goldfeder and Nily Rozic endorsed Daniel Squadron.


The United Federation of Teachers endorsed Scott Stringer.

Endorsement roundup

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Assemblymember Aravella Simotis endorsed Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. for Borough President.


The Queens Democratic Party endorsed the following Candidates for City Council:

District 19: Paul Vallone

District 20: Councilmember
Peter Koo

District 22: Costa Constantinides

District 23: Councilmember
Mark Weprin

District 24: former Assemblymember
Rory Lancman

District 25: Councilmember
Daniel Dromm

District 26: Councilmember
Jimmy Van Bramer

District 28: Councilmember
Donovan Richards

District 29: Councilmember
Karen Koslowitz

District 30: Councilmember
Elizabeth Crowley

District 32: Lew Simon

The New York Hotel Trades Council endorsed Austin Shafran for District 19.


Congressmember Gregory Meeks endorsed former City Comptroller Bill Thompson.

Union 1199 SEIU endorsed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

Brooklyn politicians: Assemblywoman Inez Barron, City Council candidate Ari Kagan and Democratic district leaders Melba Brown, Betty Ann Canizio, Jeanette Givant, Christopher Olechowski, Chris Owens, Corey Provost and Charles Ragusa endorsed City Comptroller John Liu.

Candidates still picking up endorsements

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The final few endorsements have been trickling in for candidates in some election races in northeast Queens.

State Senator Tony Avella rolled out several boosts to his re-election campaign in the 11th District race’s final stretch, including support from the city’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the Police Benevolent Association of the New York State Troopers, the Captain’s Endowment Association, Lieutenant’s Benevolent Association, Detective’s Endowment Association, New Yorkers Stand Against Insurance Fraud, the United Transportation Union and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.

Democratic Assembly candidate Nily Rozic, in the 25th District, recently got the major backing of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and scored other endorsements from NARAL Pro-Choice New York and Planned Parenthood NYC Action Fund.

City Councilmember Dan Halloran also got a leg up from the New York State Fraternal Order of Police in his bid for the 6th District Congressional seat.

There is less than two weeks left before voters hit the booths on November 6 for Election Day.

Schumer endorses Addabbo for re-election

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With only 19 days until the general election and just hours before back-to-back debates, Senator Charles Schumer endorsed State Senator Joseph Addabbo for his third term in Albany as he faces what’s been referred to as the most contested race in Queens.

“The same sweet smile that his father had, he has,” Schumer said at the endorsement, on Thursday, October 18 in front of the Queens Community Center in Forest Hills. “Because he really does care — it just comes from the heart.”

Schumer drew upon Addabbo’s record of working for his district on topics ranging from tough laws on criminals, gun control and education.

“Public safety has always been a hallmark of what Joe believes in,” Schumer said. “Joe has pushed hard for the schools in this district, and he, almost single-handedly, was able to push to get another $292 million to go to our city schools. So he’s in touch with the people here.”

New parts of Forest Hills will be incorporated into the reshaped District 15. Schumer was joined by some of Addabbo’s colleagues, including Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, who will lose parts of Forest Hills in her District 16 if she’s re-elected in her own race. Stavisky said her colleague would do an even better job than she at representing this neighborhood.

“Joe Addabbo understands, he gets it,” he said. “I gave up good chunks of my district to Joe Addabbo, and I am confident that he will do an even better job than I did.”

Others, however, spoke on opponent Councilmember Eric Ulrich’s campaign and alleged his platform was unproductive regarding safety and the middle class.

“He doesn’t think our gun laws need changing,” said State Senator Michael Gianaris. “On all these issues, he stands against the community while Joe stands with it.”

Ulrich has been trying to make ground in Forest Hills, which has a strong Bukharan Jewish presence. Ulrich began campaigning in the neighborhood over the summer as he ran in a rare Republican primary against Forest Hills resident Juan Reyes.

Addabbo said he’s been proud to put people first and wanted to keep the campaign and voters positive in the next two weeks.

“It’s about a focus of the people,” he said. “We made sure this campaign stayed positive. The focus of my campaign has always been about people. The focus of my campaign, and the focus for my professional life, has always put people first; people before politics. It’s something that I was taught many years ago and it’s something that I follow through today.”

This was the second major endorsement for Addabbo in less than two weeks. Governor Andrew Cuomo endorsed him at the outset of the Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan, which resulted in a major reaction from the media — citing a turn from what some alleged was the governor’s friendliness with the Republican-led Senate.

6th District candidates pick up endorsements

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Candidates in the buzzing 6th Congressional District race have rolled out more boosts to their campaigns. Councilmember Dan Halloran picked up support from the Uniformed Fire Marshals Association, while Assemblymember Rory Lancman got the backing of the Communications Workers of America, District 1.

Contending for the same seat, Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley got a leg up from the Captains Endowment Association — which represents the NYPD’s captains, deputy inspectors,inspectors and deputy chiefs — along with the Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York and Long Island.

Assemblymember Grace Meng — the Queens County Democratic Organization’s bid — received endorsements from Latino community leaders, including former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, Congressmember Nydia Velazquez, Councilmember Julissa Ferreras, Senator Jose Peralta and Assemblymember Francisco Moya. She also received shared endorsements by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Comptroller John Liu, former Comptroller Bill Thompson and public advocate Bill de Blasio.

Jeff Gottlieb — who Lancman accused of being a “sham candidate” — did not receive any endorsements as of April 18, said Jay Golub, Gottlieb’s campaign spokesperson.


Politicians continue to pick up Congressional endorsements

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Congressional candidates contending for the 6th District seat continue to collect boosts to their campaigns.

Assemblymember Grace Meng — the Queens County Democratic Organization’s bid — picked up endorsements from the New York State Independence Party and the Italian-American Political Action Committee. She also received support from several dozen political individuals.

Meng’s Congressional Committee also raised $300,000 in 10 days, said her campaign manager.

Vying for the same seat, Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley gained the support of the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 9 (DC 9).

Meanwhile, Assemblymember Rory Lancman got a leg up from several high-profile political endorsements, including former Mayor Ed Koch, leaders from New York City Working Families, 32BJ, the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union, and Communications Workers of America Local 1182.

All three Democratic candidates will face off in the June 26 primary to contend for the seat recently vacated by retiring U.S. Congressmember Gary Ackerman. The winner is expected to go up against the sole Republican runner, Councilmember Dan Halloran.

Halloran, who formally announced his intent to run on March 26, has so far pulled in backing from Councilmember Eric Ulrich, former state Senator Frank Padavan, the Conservative Party and the GOP.

Candidates pick up political endorsements

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently picked up the endorsement of the New York State Democratic Committee for her try at re-election.

The senator, whose term expires this year, is running for her first full six-year term.

Vying for her seat, George Maragos — the current elected comptroller of Nassau County — gained the support of Queens County GOP Chair Phil Ragusa.

Maragos said he was “deeply honored and humbled by the endorsement” and decried the existing senator’s alleged inability to man her post.

Conservative lawyer Wendy Long and Congressmember Bob Turner are also in the running to try and defeat Gillibrand.

As for the congressional race, Assemblymember Grace Meng was recently endorsed by Councilmember James Gennaro to replace retiring U.S. Representative Gary Ackerman.

Meng was designated by the Queens County Democratic Organization on Monday, March 19 to contend for the recently vacated seat in the 6th Congressional District race.

“I unreservedly and wholeheartedly pledge my support to her candidacy for Congress,” Gennaro said. “Grace has terrific support in the community and the universal admiration of her colleagues for good reason — she is deeply committed, incredibly effective and a joy to work with.”

During the June 26 primary, Meng will face off with Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley and Assemblymember Rory Lancman, who formally announced his candidacy on the same day Meng officially received the support of Democratic leaders.

Councilmember Mark Weprin, who had previously expressed interest in making his own run at the seat, also said he backs Meng. Weprin had received the endorsement of former mayor Ed Koch to join the race, but said he decided, after further considerations, to stand down and support Meng instead.