Endorsements: Bill de Blasio for Public Advocate, Lander for NYC Council

First New York City Endorsements for Working Families Party in 2009 Races

Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio

NEW YORK – The Working Families Party announced today the endorsement of Councilmember Bill de Blasio for New York City Public Advocate, noting his career-long leadership on the issues that matter to working people. Brad Lander was also endorsed in the race for de Blasio’s Brooklyn Council seat.

“Bill has spent his life taking on and winning the tough fights,” said Bob Master, Working Families Party Co-Chair. “Whether it is making sure our schools get their fair share of funding, workers have the right to join a union, or big developers build affordable housing, Bill de Blasio has always been there for working families when it counts.”

Master continued: “There are a lot of great candidates in this race, but Bill de Blasio is a cut above when it comes to sticking up for regular New Yorkers – and that’s what the Public Advocate job is all about.”

“In this city, there’s no more consistent voice for the middle-class and no bigger grassroots force than the Working Families Party, and I’m incredibly proud to have their support,” said Bill de Blasio. “Together, we can make sure that even in America’s biggest city the voice of the public is heard in the halls of power.”

The endorsement of de Blasio came after a two-thirds majority vote by the WFP’s New York City Coordinating Council.

Brad Lander

Brad Lander

Community activist Brad Lander was also endorsed for de Blasio’s Brooklyn Council district, the 39th, which covers some of the WFP’s strongest neighborhoods in Northwest Brooklyn.

Dorothy Siegel of Cobble Hill, chair of the Working Families Party South Brooklyn Club said: “Brad has a consistent record of results on the issues that matter to working families in our community – helping seniors save their homes, giving kids a chance to find their first job, and providing services that our families need. He’s independent, progressive, and has the courage to stand up for what’s right.”

“I’m honored to have the support of the Working Families Party.” said Brad Lander. “I’m thrilled to be part of the best progressive team in the state.”

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