State Sen. Dan Squadron’s campaign for public advocate continued to hum along today as he announced six endorsements from Albany’s lower legislative chamber: Assemblymembers Deborah Glick, Brian Kavanagh, Micah Kellner, Dan Quart, Joan Millman and Nily Rozic.
The first four represent Manhattan districts stretching from the Upper East Side down into lower Manhattan, while Ms. Millman–like Mr. Squadron–represents a slice of Brownstone Brooklyn. Ms. Rozic hails from northeastern Queens. For what it’s worth, Mr. Kellner, an avid fan of Mr. Squadron’s, had signaled his likely intentions some time ago.
In statements, the various endorsers declared their support for Mr. Squadron based on a wide range of issues, including pedestrian and cyclist safety, the fight to save Long Island College Hospital, gay rights and gun control legislation, among others.
“In his tenure as a State Senator, Daniel has proven to be a strong advocate for tenant rights, a partner in our fight to save LICH, and has worked to improve access to our waterfront,” Ms. Millman said, for example. “He not only talks about these issues, he has written legislation to correct problems which improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.”
Previously Mr. Squadron has rolled out a number of his fellow state senators as he battles against Councilwoman Letitia James, 2010 congressional candidate Reshma Saujani, teacher Cathy Guerriero and Sidique Wai in this year’s Democratic primary. Ms. James in particular has racked up plenty of significant endorsements of her own, including unions, council members and, as of last night, the Three Parks Independent Democrats, a prominent Upper West Side club.
View Mr. Squadron’s full announcement below:
NEW YORK — Today, six Democratic Assemblymembers from across the city endorsed Daniel Squadron for Public Advocate in 2013, including Assemblymembers Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan), Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan), Micah Kellner (D-Manhattan), Joan Millman (D-Brooklyn), Dan Quart (D-Manhattan), and Nily Rozic (D-Queens).
Today’s announcement follows the endorsements of a broad coalition of State Senators — Joseph Addabbo (Queens), Martin Malave Dilan (Brooklyn), Michael Gianaris (Queens), Brad Hoylman (Manhattan), Gustavo Rivera (Bronx), and Jose M. Serrano (Manhattan/Bronx).
In January, Squadron was also endorsed by both former Public Advocates, Mark Green and Betsy Gotbaum.
The Assemblymembers underscored Squadron’s record of delivering results and fighting for reform, and his vision for the Public Advocate as key in engaging and supporting communities often left behind in local government and ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to opportunity.
“Daniel is a fighter for each and every New Yorker. I’ve worked with Daniel to support Hudson River Park and protect affordable housing, and I know that he’s a true voice for critical progressive reforms, a tireless LGBT ally, and a strong leader who knows how to deliver results. That’s why Daniel’s the best choice to become our next Public Advocate,” said Glick.
“I’ve been proud to partner with Daniel on countless issues in the community and in Albany, from pedestrian and cyclist safety to a sustainable and strong public housing system. Daniel is a determined, hard-working, and thoughtful reformer, and he doesn’t stop fighting until he gets things done. That’s why I’m standing with Daniel for Public Advocate,” said Kavanagh.
“Daniel is a tireless advocate for the rights of each and every New Yorker, and a reformer who knows how to get things done. He has an incomparable ability to build consensus and achieve real successes, and I know that he’ll be a fighter for the East Side and for every single New Yorker. That’s why I’m supporting Daniel as our next Public Advocate,” said Kellner.
“In his tenure as a State Senator, Daniel has proven to be a strong advocate for tenant rights, a partner in our fight to save LICH, and has worked to improve access to our waterfront. He not only talks about these issues, he has written legislation to correct problems which improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers,” said Millman.
“Whether we’re talking about his leadership on ethics reform, gun control, and affordable housing, or his tireless advocacy for better transit and more open space, Daniel’s been a dynamic and effective Senator. That progressive leadership is exactly what New York City wants and needs in our next Public Advocate — and Daniel is the best choice for the job,” said Quart.
“I’ve seen Daniel’s effectiveness first-hand in his district and in Albany — and I know he’s exactly what our city needs at this critical moment. From education and healthcare, to vital government reform and pay equity for women, Daniel is already an advocate for each and every New Yorker. I’m very proud to support him as our next Public Advocate,” said Rozic.
“I’m humbled and honored to have the support of these dynamic leaders as I build my campaign for Public Advocate. Communities across our city need a fighter who will stand up for them and deliver results. Together, we will work to ensure that each and every New Yorker has the opportunity to make a life here,” said Squadron.
As of the last filing, Squadron had already raised $2.15 million in direct contributions and expected public matching funds, with nearly $2 million in contributions and matching funds to spend on the race ahead of the Democratic primary. He has built a broad base of grassroots support, with nearly 2000 individual contributors, of whom 70% contributed less than $250. Over 250 New Yorkers have hosted house parties and fundraisers for Squadron. Squadron has never accepted contributions from corporations or special interest PACs.