Two More Co-Chairs for Carrion

Adolfo Carrion just announced two more co-chairs for his city comptroller campaign: former city comptroller Elizabeth Holtzman and Merryl H. Tisch, chairperson of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.

Last month, Carrion rolled out two others: former state comptroller Carl McCall and business executive Leo Hindrey Jr.

Locking up the support of two former comptrollers gives Carrion, at least, a distinction among a field that also includes Melinda Katz, David Yassky, David Weprin, Simcha Felder and James Brennan.

Here is the official statement:

BRONX, NY – Today Carrion NYC Committee announced that Former NY City Comptroller Elizabeth Holtzman and Merryl H. Tisch Chairperson of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty have agreed to serve as Co-Chairs for the Carrion for Comptroller 2009 Campaign. Elizabeth Holtzman and Merryl H. Tisch join Former Comptroller Carl McCall and business executive Leo Hindery in serving on the committee which is still in formation.
Elizabeth Holtzman said “I believe that Borough President Adolfo Carrion possesses the qualities that are necessary to be a great Comptroller of New York City. Especially because we are facing economically uncertain times, it is critical that we have the wise and seasoned leadership to guide this city’s future that Adolfo can provide . I admire the work that Adolfo has done as a member of the City Council and his accomplishments as Borough President of The Bronx. I know that he can bring the people of this city together as we face the challenges of the future. The people of New York are fortunate to have Adolfo as a candidate for Comptroller and I look forward to working with him.”

Merryl Tisch added “Adolfo is the most qualified candidate for City Comptroller. NY would benefit enormously from a Comptroller that understands the importance of affordable housing, sound investments, quality education and the economic health and vitality of the city. Adolfo’s demonstrated leadership in improving the quality of life for people in the Bronx is the right formula for the city.”

Carrion said “Elizabeth Holtzman’s record of service to New York City as a Congresswoman, Comptroller and Brooklyn DA distinguishes her as an invaluable voice in governing and economics. Merryl Tisch’s has distinguished herself as a leading advocate for education reform, community service and philanthropy. Both of these women will be incredible assets to my campaign and I welcome their council and support.

Elizabeth Holtzman is an attorney at Herrick, Feinstein. She served for eight years as a U.S. Congresswoman and won national attention for her role on the House Judiciary committee during Watergate. She holds the record as the youngest woman ever elected to that body. She chaired the Immigration and Refugees Subcommittee and dealt directly with many foreign governments-including Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam-over refugee issues.

She was the District Attorney of Kings County (Brooklyn) and the only woman ever elected DA in NYC , where she led the fight against racial discrimination in jury selection and against violence against women and children . Holtzman is also the only woman ever elected Comptroller of New York City. She was responsible for the management of $50 billion in the city’s five pension funds and the issuance of more than $20 billion in NYC debt. She was appointed, by President Clinton, to the Nazi and Japanese Imperial War Criminal Records Interagency Working Group, which oversaw the declassification of the U.S. government’s secret Nazi war crimes files. She was recently selected by the New York State Bar Association as a member of its Special Committee on the Civil Rights Agenda.

Merryl H. Tisch was appointed to the New York State Board of Regents on April 1, 1996 and reelected to five year terms on April 1, 2001 and April 1, 2006. She was elected Vice Chancellor by her colleagues effective April 1, 2007. Regent Tisch brings to her appointment many years of experience in the fields of education, community service, and philanthropy. Most recently, she was appointed co-chair of the Board of Regents’ Committee on Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education/Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities Committee.

Tisch is chairperson of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. With an annual budget of $100 million, Met Council has gained national recognition for its work in the areas of youth and family services, housing, poverty programs, and neighborhood preservation. Previously, Regent Tisch served as chairperson of the Mt. Sinai Children’s Center Foundation.

Tisch serves on the executive committees of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the UJA-Federation of New York, the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Citizens Budget Commission. Additionally, she serves on the board of The Trust for Cultural Resources of the City of New York. She was appointed to the Graduate School of Education’s Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and has been a board member of both Barnard College and the Dalton School.

Two More Co-Chairs for Carrion