In today’s congressional endorsement news, Hakeem Jeffries, the Brooklyn Assembly running to replace the retiring Ed Towns, announced the backing of a slew of elected officials in a new corner of his reconfigured district, while longtime incumbent Nydia Velazquez got the support of the transit workers union.
Mr. Jeffries has been running hard against Mr. Towns until the incumbent abruptly decided to retire, leaving the race a two-person fight between Mr. Jeffries and City Councilman Charles Barron.
Both candidates have been forced to introduce themselves to the mostly white ethnic voters near Coney Island, an area of the city that was drawn into the district during the redistricting process.
“I am proud to offer my support to Assemblyman Jeffries,” said Council Member Dominic Recchia. “In our conversations about Coney Island’s needs, Hakeem has already proven to be a quick study. I have no doubt that he will be an excellent representative of the incredibly diverse neighborhoods of our community.”
Mr. Jeffries also netted the support Alec Brook-Krasny, an Assemblyman who is the first Soviet-born American elected to public office and State Senator Diane Savino.
“I am thrilled to endorse my fellow colleague for Congress,” said Mr. Brook-Krasny. “Hakeem currently represents one of the most demographically diverse neighborhoods in the state, and has produced legislative results that benefit the entire district. Hakeem understands the common values that tie all of Brooklyn together.
Ms. Velazquez meanwhile finds herself facing a surprisingly spirited challenge from City Councilman Erik Dilan. Recently the race has turned on the question of who supports Israel more.
Ms. Velazquez however has long been a favorite of labor unions, and today’s announcement comes on the heels of endorsements from 1199 and 32BJ.
“TWU Local 100 is pleased to endorse Rep. Nydia Velázquez. She has earned our support through powerful advocacy for New York’s working families and a progressive social and economic agenda,” said John Samuelsen, President of TWU Local 100. “She has also provided dogged support for New York’s public transportation system and the 64,000 men and women, members of our union, who operate it every day. We will do everything in our power to assist in her reelection.