James Sanders Endorses Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio and James Sanders. (Photo: Facebook)
Bill de Blasio and James Sanders. (Photo: Facebook)

Thus far in the mayoral race, almost all of Bill de Blasio’s endorsements have come from the battleground borough of the Bronx, but today he is branching out to Queens, where State Senator James Sanders is joining the public advocate’s team.

In a statement, Mr. Sanders, whose district includes the Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Rockaways, touted Mr. de Blasio’s support in the aftermath of the storm.

“Bill de Blasio was in The Rockaways right after Superstorm Sandy, helping families and small businesses access the emergency services they needed — and his plan to create and protect 200,000 affordable housing units will help these residents rebuild in the years to come,” Mr. Sanders said.

Mr. Sanders also praised Mr. de Blasio’s overall support for progressive policies.

“De Blasio is the candidate willing to ask the wealthy to pay a little more so we can fully fund early education and after-school programs — and we need a leader who understands the importance of immediate and sustained investment in our neighborhoods and in our children,” he added.

The Queens County Democratic Party is famously unified and endorsed another candidate, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, in the mayor’s race. But elected officials from the heavily African-American, southeastern corner of the borough sometimes go their own way. Indeed, local Congressman Gregory Meeks has already endorsed a third candidate, former Comptroller Bill Thompson, for City Hall.

Mr. Sanders held a City Council seat in the area for ten years before defeating former State Senator Shirley Huntley, who would later plead guilty to corruption charges, in a primary election last year. James Sanders Endorses Bill de Blasio