State Senator Jose Peralta and Councilmember Julissa Ferreras declared their support for Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat’s run for the state senate this morning.
“Adriano Espaillat is not only a colleague of mine in government, but one of my closest friends,” Peralta said in a statement. The two men served together in the Assembly for seven years, before Peralta vaulted to the Senate in a special election to replace expelled senator Hiram Monserrate.
Espaillat is running against non-profit director Mark Levine for the 31st District seat, being vacated by attorney general candidate Eric Schneiderman.
The full release from Espaillat’s campaign:
STATE SENATOR JOSE PERALTA, COUNCIL MEMBER JULISSA FERRERAS ENDORSE ADRIANO ESPAILLAT FOR STATE SENATE
Calling him a fighter for his community and New Yorkers throughout the state, State Senator Jose Peralta and Council Member Julissa Ferreras announced their support for Adriano Espaillat’s campaign for State Senate in the 31st District.
“Adriano Espaillat is not only a colleague of mine in government, but one of my closest friends,” Sen. Peralta said. “He is a man of the utmost integrity and has a desire to help his constituents that should serve as a model for all elected officials. I look forward to doing everything I can to help him become the next State Senator from the 31st District.” Peralta and Adriano served in the State Assembly together from 2003-2010, before a special election in March of 2010 saw Peralta defeat Hiram Monseratte to win the 13th District State Senate seat. During that special election, Adriano was among a handful of lawmakers to campaign for Peralta in Queens.
“All over New York City Adriano Espaillat is known for his commitment to helping constituents not only in his community but throughout the State,” Council Member Ferreras said. “From his remarkable work in the areas of affordable housing and tenants rights, to his leadership in the fight for immigration reform, he is the best candidate to represent the diverse community of 31st State Senate District.” Ferreras was elected to the New York City Council in February of 2009 and represents the neighborhoods of Corona, East Elmhurst and parts of Jackson Heights.
“Jose Peralta and Julissa Ferreras are two fantastic public servants and I am honored to have their support,” Adriano said. “Their support speaks to my history of helping constituents not only in my district but throughout New York City. As a member of the State Senate I will continue to fight for the needs of the 31st District and what is right for our state as a whole.”
The endorsements of Peralta and Fererras are the latest in a series of high-profile endorsements Adriano has received, including former Bronx Borough President and 2005 Democratic nominee for Mayor Fernando Ferrer and NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Other groups and individuals to endorse Adriano include: SEIU Local 32BJ, the Working Families Party, SEIU 1199 United Healthcare Workers East, CWA Local 1180, Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats, Community Free Democrats, Congressmen Charles Rangel and Eliot Engel, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, NYC Comptroller John Liu, Senators Bill Perkins and Eric Schneiderman, Assembly Members Jeffrey Dinowitz, Herman “Denny” Farrell Jr. and Linda Rosenthal, Council Members: Ydanis Rodriguez; Melissa Mark Viverito, Oliver Koppell and Inez Dickens.
Adriano Espaillat is one of New York State’s leading voices on immigration reform, tenants rights, urban education and economic development. As State Senator Adriano will fight for reforms that will restore the public’s confidence in our state government, bring resources to our public schools, protect tenants and assist small businesses in our communities.