WFP Announces NYC Endorsements

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL, D.A., BOROUGH PRESIDENT RACES

Party Backs New Crop of Community Organizers Turned Candidates

The Working Families Party (WFP) today announced its endorsement decisions in dozens of New York City Council races, as well as District Attorney and Borough President contests.

The Party’s City Council endorsements this year place a premium on organizers, activists and leaders who come directly from the communities they seek to represent, following in the footsteps of America’s Community Organizer-in-Chief, President Barack Obama.

“We’re proud to be supporting so many candidates who know firsthand the struggles of working people in New York City – from fighting for good jobs and affordable housing to standing up for equality and being a voice for under-represented communities,” WFP Executive Director Dan Cantor said today. “We believe that these candidates will put the working families of the city first, ahead of big-money interests or their own political gain.”

More than 100 NYC candidates applied for the WFP’s support. The party’s endorsements are the product of an intense grassroots selection process that included the completion of a thorough questionnaire and in-person interviews with screening committees composed of WFP members from each candidate’s borough.

The WFP’s strong campaign operations, ability to mobilize grassroots and institutional support, and impressive record of electoral victories at the city and state level make its endorsement highly sought-after by political candidates.

The full list of 2009 New York City endorsements made by the Working Families Party thus far is as follows:

Office District Incumbent Borough Endorsement
Mayor

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(Mike Bloomberg Citywide Bill Thompson
Comptroller

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(open) Citywide John Liu
Public Advocate

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(open) Citywide Bill De Blasio
District Attorney

-

(open) Manhattan Richard Aborn
District Attorney

-

Charles Hynes Brooklyn Charles Hynes
Borough President

-

Scott Stringer Manhattan Scott Stringer
Borough President

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Marty Markowitz Brooklyn Marty Markowitz
Borough President

-

Helen Marshall Queens Helen Marshall
Borough President

-

Ruben Diaz, Jr. Bronx Ruben Diaz, Jr.
Borough President

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James Molinaro Staten Island John Luisi
City Council

2

Rosie Mendez Manhattan Rosie Mendez
City Council

3

Christine Quinn Manhattan Christine Quinn
City Council

4

Dan Garodnick Manhattan Dan Garodnick
City Council

5

Jessica Lappin Manhattan Jessica Lappin
City Council

6

Gale Brewer Manhattan Gale Brewer
City Council

7

Robert Jackson Manhattan Robert Jackson
City Council

8

Melissa Mark Viverito Manhattan Melissa Mark Viverito
City Council

9

Inez Dickens Manhattan Inez Dickens
City Council

10

(open) Manhattan Ydanis Rodriguez
City Council

11

Oliver Koppell Bronx Oliver Koppell
City Council

14

Maria Baez Bronx Fernando Cabrera
City Council

15

Joel Rivera Bronx Joel Rivera
City Council

16

Helen Foster Bronx Helen Foster
City Council

18

Annabel Palma Bronx Annabel Palma
City Council

20

(open) Queens S.J. Jung
City Council

21

Julissa Ferreras Queens Julissa Ferreras
City Council

23

(open) Queens Mark Weprin
City Council

24

James Gennaro Queens James Gennaro
City Council

25

Helen Sears Queens Danny Dromm
City Council

26

(open) Queens James Van Bramer
City Council

27

Leroy Comrie Queens Leroy Comrie
City Council

29

(open) Queens Lynn Schulman
City Council

30

Elizabeth Crowley Queens Elizabeth Crowley
City Council

31

James Sanders Queens James Sanders
City Council

32

Eric Ulrich Queens Frank Gulluscio
City Council

33

(open) Brooklyn Steve Levin
City Council

34

Diana Reyna Brooklyn Maritza DaVilla
City Council

35

Letitia James Brooklyn Letitia James
City Council

36

Al Vann Brooklyn Mark Winston-Griffith
City Council

39

(open) Brooklyn Brad Lander
City Council

40

Mathieu Eugene Brooklyn Mathieu Eugene
City Council

42

Charles Barron Brooklyn Charles Barron
City Council

45

Kendall Stewart Brooklyn Jumaane Williams
City Council

47

Dominic Recchia Brooklyn Dominic Recchia
City Council

49

Kenneth Mitchell Staten Island Debi Rose
City Council

51

Vincent Ignizio Staten Island Janine Materna

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