Congressman Eliot Engel will be the seventh member of New York’s congressional delegation to back state Senator Eric Schneiderman in the race for attorney general.
“I am endorsing Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General because he is the only candidate with the experience, leadership and guts to deliver the real progressive change our state needs,” Engel said in a statement. “From keeping illegal guns off our streets to protecting the air we breathe to reforming the insurance industry, Eric has always fought for what’s right.”
Engel’s endorsement expands Schneiderman’s city-centric support up into Westchester. Engel’s district–which also includes parts of the Bronx and Rockland County–overlaps with that of Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, who has collected most of the local support to date.
The endorsement comes on the heels of an announcement by Congressman Anthony Weiner that he is also back Schneiderman.
Most of the city’s downstate delegation has been split between Schneiderman and Kathleen Rice–who added the support of Queens Congressman Gary Ackerman yesterday. Two Brooklyn representatives–Ed Towns and Nydia Velazquez–have backed Sean Coffey.