FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 27, 2017
NYC MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO, QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT MELINDA KATZ ENDORSE EACH OTHER FOR RE-ELECTION
New York – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced today their endorsement of each other for re-election, citing their shared commitment to protecting our immigrant communities, expanding our libraries and improving education across the borough.
“New York, and Queens especially, will always be a beacon of hope for all who come here, and at a time when our New York way of life is under attack, we need a Mayor who will stand up for all New Yorkers. Mayor de Blasio has worked to protect our immigrant communities, has fought to build affordable housing at a record pace so more people can afford to live here, and has expanded pre-K so every four-year-old can get a jump start on a good education. That’s the kind of true progressive champion we need leading this City, and it’s why I’m proud to endorse him today,” said Queens Borough President Katz.
“Melinda has been a staunch advocate for her community. With her help, we recently were able to secure $32 million to build a new library in Queens and have continued to work together to strengthen the borough and its future. She is the kind of ally we need in Queens, and I’m excited to support her campaign for re-election,” said Mayor de Blasio.
The Mayor has also been endorsed by the Civil Service Employees Association Local 1000, IUOE, New York State Nurses Association, the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators Local One, Hotel Trades Council, Working Families Party, the Communications Workers of America District 1, IBEW Local 3, the United Federation of Teachers, District Council 37, District Council 1707, SEIU 32BJ, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local One, Musicians Local 802, the RWDSU, the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association, UNITE-HERE Local 100, the Professional Staff Congress and the Laundry, Distribution and Food Service Joint Board of Workers United, and dozens of elected leaders.
As New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio has fought every day for our great city. He has passed universal Pre-K for every four-year-old in the City. He has expanded paid sick leave to cover thousands of more workers. And, he has raised the minimum wage for all City employees and contractors. He has also tirelessly worked to reduce stop and frisk and pursued reforms to bring the police and community closer together, while also driving crime to an all-time low. Mayor de Blasio has expanded the number of affordable apartments and took on the landlord lobby—and under his watch, rents were frozen for two straight years. He fights every day to make our city better for everyone — no matter where they live or how much money they make.