Bloomberg Gets African Imams

Michael Bloomberg’s re-election campaign announced this morning he was endorsed by the Council of African Imams.

It was announced via press release today, the 16th day since he held a campaign event at which he accepted questions from reporters.

The Imams Council will be added to the lengthy list of endorsements at the end of each Bloomberg campaign press release, which currently includes the Women’s Cosmetology Chamber of Commerce, Ngande Ambroise from the Cameroon community in New York City and several members of the Jewish Community Council of Marine Park.

Here’s the list, which gets more interesting as it goes on.

The Mayor has been endorsed by numerous individuals and organizations including: Mayor Ed Koch, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, New York State Senators Frank Padavan, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, Congressman Gary Ackerman, Andy Lanza and Marty Golden, former City Councilmember Madeline Provenzano, Borough President James Molinaro, Assemblyman Lou Tobacco, Assemblywoman Barbara Clark, Councilman Eric Ulrich, Crown Heights Youth Collective President Richard Green, Boris Kandov of the Bukharian Jewish Congress, Rick Miranda of the Brooklyn Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Charito Cisneros, Sergeants Benevolent Association; Prominent Korean Leaders in Garment Industry; Women’s Cosmetology Chamber of Commerce; Panamanian and Ethnic American Veterans Political Action Committee; Mexican business and community leaders, Juan Rojas Campos and Joel Magallan; President of the Federation of Italian American Organizations Frank Naccarato; Chairman of the Federation of Italian American Organizations Jack Spatola; Filipina Leaders led by Vivian Velasco, Past President and Member of the Board of Directors of the Philippine New York JAYCEES (Junior Chamber International); Ma. Cristina Ramos, Presidential Adviser and Member of the Board of Directors of the Philippine New York JAYCEES; Victoria Baxa, Liturgy Chairperson of Simbang Gabi Sa Katederal, Incorporated; and Camencita “Menchee” Fulgado, Ph.D and Founder and Chair Emeritus of the PhilAm Association of Immaculate Conception Church; Citywide African Leaders led by Imam Souleimane Konate, Maboussou Traore, Kane Mamadou, President of African Cab Drivers Association of NY; Ngande Ambroise from the Cameroon community in New York City; Habissatou Bah, Vice President, of United Malian Women’s Association; Fuad Maygag, Political Affairs Advisor, from the Republic of Somalia; Naulin Mombo, President of the Gaboneze Association of New York; Poudia Kabory, Vice President of Gaboneze Association of New York; Siredione Conde, President of the African Day Parade; Tahirou Sawadodo, from the Burkina Faso community in New York City; Imam Muhammad Saitou of the Bilal Mosque in the Bronx and also from the Togo community in New York City; Beliard Lucien, President of African Caribbean Television; Mahamadou Keita, President of the United Council of Mali, and Elhadji Ndao, President of Seno Africa Radio and also from the Senegal community in New York City.; New York Department of Correction Hispanic Society, community leaders Joyce S. Johnson and Virginia L. Montague, the Republican Parties of Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx, the New York City Independence Party, OPEIU, United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1500, IATSE, United Association Local One, NARAL, New Era Democrats, Jason Sharf, Yehoshua Gelbstein, Steven Spitzer, Steven Traube and Victor Shine, all members of the Jewish Community Council of Marine Park; Aldo’s Independent Democratic Club, NY League of Conservative Voters, Sandy Aboulafia, President of the Midwood Civic Action Council, Joann Hsieh, President of the Chinese American Business Women’s Association, Korean Business Leaders, Robin Mui, CEO of the Singtao Daily Newspaper; Loida Lewis, Trustee of the National Federation of Filipino American Association; Meilin Tan, President of the Small Business Owners of Greater New York; Peter Koo, President of the Flushing Chinese Business Association; Inderjit Singh, Executive Chair of the South Asian Community Council; Stephen Chen, Chair of the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans; Joe Ramos, NY Chapter President of the National Federation of Filipino American Association; Donald Hong, Board Member, of the Chinese American Planning Council; Thomas Sim, President of NY Chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals; Chuen Ti Chan, Acting Chairman of the Fukien American Association; Tony Yau, Executive Vice President of the Fukien American Association; Justin Yu, President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce; Yong Hwa Ha, Incoming President, Korean American Association of Greater New York, Giho Kim, Executive Director of the Korean American Counseling Center, Kwang Chul Chun of the Korean American Merchandise Association of NY; Mr. Ki Chol Kim, Former President of Korean American Association of Greater New York (KAAGNY); and Yong Sun Kim, President of the Korean Nail Salon Association, Michael Landau, Chairman of the Council of Jewish Organizations of the West Side; Richard B. Stone, Columbia University law professor and Jewish advocate; Rabbi Joseph Karasick, former President of the Orthodox Union; Shea Schwebel, Alexander Scharf, Y. David Scharf, Dr. David Diamond, Samuel Yellin, Oliver Mitchell and Elliot Gibber. Religious leaders and minister are also supporting the Mayor for his re-election including: Reverend Dr. Wenton A. Fyne, A.R. Bernard, of the Christian Cultural Center (CCC), Reverend Floyd Flake of Greater Allen A. M. E.; Reverend Dr. Birkett of Church Alive Community Church; Reverend Dr. Calvin Rice of New Jerusalem Baptist Church Reverend William Smalls, Naomi AME Zion Church; Malcolm Byrd, Varick Memorial AME Zion Church; Bishop George Shorts, Pilgrim Cathedral of East New York; Reverend John Marshall, New Life Missionary Baptist; Reverend Robert Royal, St. Paul’s Community Baptist Church; Reverend Shepherd Lee, Baptist Temple Church; Archbishop James P. Roberts, Cathedral of St. Thomas Church; Reverend Patricia Singletary, Elemdorf Reform Church; Reverend James Morrison, Mount Lebanon Baptist Church; Reverend Carlene Thorbes, Past President, Baptist Ministers Conference of Queens, Reverend Earl Chester, Greater New Beginnings Church, Rev. Gregory Robeson Smith, Mother Zion AME Church; Rev. Henry A. Belin III, Bethel AME Church; Rev. Renee Washington Garner, Metropolitan Baptist Church and Rev. Charles Curtis, Mount Olivet Baptist Church and the Vaad Harabbonim of Flatbush Political Action Committee. Prominent community leader Dr. Eda Hastick; Chief Lookman Sulaimon, publisher of the Caribbean Echo Newspaper; Dr. Henry Frank of the Haitian Centers Council; Nerlande Malverse, Haitian community representative; Derek Cyrus, Guyanese community representative; Lennox Britton, President, of New York State Association of Minority Contractors (NYSAM); Elenora Bernard, Chair woman of NYSAM; Monica Foster of F and R Installers; Omar Bouche, Flatbush community leader; Robert Brown, Flatbush community leader; Mike Roberts, Flatbush community leader; Maurice Phillips, Flatbush community leader; Derek Noel, President of Deck Productions; Pamela Brown of St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Lynn Brown of Belize; Fritz Clervil; Ricot Dupuy; Jackson Rockingster; Evans Hertelou; Herold Dasque and Stephan Durand.

Bloomberg Gets African Imams