Serrano, in a public statement, praised Liu for having “distinguished himself as a fiscal watchdog” during “his relatively short tenure in the City Council.” The statement goes on to say Serrano is confident that “John will continue to help provide opportunities for communities that are most in need.”
Serrano is Latino, which is significant only because Liu appears to be assembling a coalition composed of elected officials who belong to many different ethnic communities—an effective strategy to reach the maximum number of voters in a citywide race.
Liu has already been endorsed by Assemblyman Peter Rivera of the Bronx, the longest serving Latino state lawmaker in New York, and Adriano Espaillat of northern Manhattan. Also playing a key role in Liu's campaign is Assemblyman Darryl Towns of Brooklyn, who is African-American and organized Liu’s campaign kick-off event.
Other candidates in the race have also been doing their part to appeal to African-American and Latino lawmakers and voters. David Weprin was endorsed by former Mayor David Dinkins, the city’s first black mayor. Melinda Katz has been endorsed by Representative Yvette Clarke, and Councilwomen Maria Baez, Helen Diane Foster, and Julissa Ferreras. And David Yassky announced last week he has the backing of the Rev. A.R. Bernard, who is African-American and leader of the one of the largest churches in New York City.