The Politicker

Christine Quinn has chosen a horse in the race to replace Roger Green out in Brooklyn. And it is—wait for it—Hakeem Jeffries.

Full release after the jump.

CITY COUNCIL SPEAKER CHRISTINE QUINN ENDORSES HAKEEM JEFFRIES FOR
STATE ASSEMBLY

“Hakeem will fight hard in Albany to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers,” says Quinn

Brooklyn, NY – August 9, 2006 – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn today endorsed the candidacy of Hakeem Jeffries for State Assembly in the 57th District in Brooklyn.

“Hakeem’s progressive thinking will be a terrific asset to the State Assembly and our City as a whole,” said Speaker Quinn. “On the issues, Hakeem will be a strong advocate for affordable housing and better public schools for our children. He will fight hard in Albany to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.”

“I am honored to receive the support of Speaker Quinn,” said Jeffries, a progressive attorney and community activist from Brooklyn. “She has been a terrific leader for the City Council and I look forward to working with her from Albany next year.”

The endorsement of Speaker Quinn has been added to the growing, broad base of support that Jeffries has received from prominent labor unions, progressive democratic organizations and the Working Families Party.

Jeffries, 36, was born at Fort Greene’s Brooklyn Hospital. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the State University of New York, a Master’s Degree in public policy from Georgetown University and graduated magna cum laude from NYU Law School. Jeffries grew up in Crown Heights and now lives with his wife, Kennisandra, and their two sons in Prospect Heights.

The 57th assembly district includes the neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights and parts of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant.