Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and 11 of the 14 members of the Queens delegation to the City Council today threw their support behind Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for re-election.
The Borough President and Queens councilmembers hailed the governor’s record of progressive accomplishment and proven leadership, raising the minimum wage to $15, nation-leading $100 billion infrastructure plan revitalizing JFK, LaGuardia, new Kosciusko bridge, nation’s toughest and smartest gun safety laws, critical environmental protections, country’s most comprehensive paid family leave plan, the Excelsior Scholarship, and protecting women’s reproductive health rights.
Besides Katz, the endorsements came from :
- Councilman Paul Vallone (District 19)
- Councilman Peter Koo (District 20)
- Councilman Francisco Moya (District 21)
- Councilman Costa Constantinides (District 22)
- Councilman Barry Grodenchik (District 23)
- Councilman Rory Lancman (District 24)
- Councilman Daniel Dromm (District 25)
- Councilman Daneek Miller (District 27)
- Councilwoman Adrienne Adams (District 28)
- Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (District 29)
- Councilman Donovan Richards (District 31)
“The governor is Queens born and bred and he has been the number one champion for our borough while in office. From revitalizing our infrastructure by making major investments in a new LaGuardia airport, redesigned JFK and a new Kosciusko bridge, the governor doesn’t just talk about delivering these critical projects, he actually gets it done,” said Katz.
“He did that with the Downtown Revitalization initiative in Jamaica – injecting new growth and opportunity, while enabling the region to continue to attract good-paying jobs, middle-class families and visitors for years to come. Queens has had no greater friend and brother than Andrew, and I am proud to endorse him for re-election,” she added.
Councilman Paul Vallone (District 19) said, “Governor Andrew Cuomo has a proven record of preserving, protecting and increasing our quality of life. Cuomo is a man who understands the value of building up future generations and has worked extremely hard in order to make New York State a free tuition state for public colleges and universities. His record is unparalleled and pragmatic – he gets the job done. My father, City Council Speaker Peter Vallone worked closely with the late Governor Mario Cuomo and I look forward to continuing that tradition with Governor Andrew Cuomo. That’s why I’m proud to endorse him for another term as New York’s governor.”
Councilman Peter Koo (District 20) said, “During my time representing Queens, it has been a great pleasure to work with Governor Cuomo on a number of projects that have made New York State the leader of progress across our country. I’m proud to endorse Andrew Cuomo for another term as New York’s Governor as he has delivered a $15/hour minimum wage, passed the most comprehensive gun safety controls in the nation and made the critical investments in affordable housing. He’s got a record of success and I look forward to working with him to improve the lives of New Yorkers on our next set of community issues.”
Councilman Barry Grodenchik (District 23) said, “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has been a visionary progressive leader. On issues from marriage equality to the minimum wage to the new Kosciuszko Bridge, his record of achievement is unmatched. I strongly endorse the governor for reelection.”
Councilman Rory Lancman (District 24) said, “Governor Cuomo gets results. He’s delivering on criminal justice reform, sensible gun regulations, economic fairness for low wage workers, and dignity for all New Yorkers regardless of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or immigration status. Making government work is hard — and almost nobody does it better than Andrew Cuomo.”
Councilman Daniel Dromm (District 25) said, “Governor Cuomo has set an example of progressive leadership. I am particularly grateful for all he did to make marriage equality a reality, here, in New York State. Governor Cuomo has proven he will get the job done and that he is committed to progress. I endorse him for re-election and look forward to working with him for another four years.”
Councilwoman Adrienne Adams (District 28) said, “Governor Andrew Cuomo is the only candidate with the proven experience to tackle the issues affecting New Yorkers, our families and communities. He has a proven track record of tireless service and dedication to New York and will continue to be an outstanding representative for the people of our great state. Governor Cuomo has my full endorsement and support for re-election.”
Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (District 29) said, “Governor Cuomo is dedicated to continuing New York State’s long legacy of advancing women’s rights. His heart and mind is staunchly committed to ending the gender wage gap, protecting women in the workplace and securing accessible women’s healthcare. I could not be more enthusiastic in my support for this Governor who has exhibited such understanding and compassion. We are fortunate to have a leader like Andrew Cuomo fighting for the State of New York and I’m proud to endorse him for re-election.”
Councilman Donovan Richards (District 31) said, “Governor Cuomo has worked to reform the criminal justice system and to create equal opportunities for all New Yorkers. The leadership he has shown on establishing the first in the nation special prosecutor, raising the age of criminal responsibility, closing 24 prisons and restoring the right to vote to parolees has made him a national leader. Governor Cuomo is looking out for all New Yorkers and that is why I endorse him for re-election.”
The Democratic Primary is on Sept. 13.