Swern, De Blasio, and Stringer take home IND’s support

Anne Swern

Anne Swern was the big winner in nabbing the Independent Neighborhood Democrats (IND) endorsement at the club’s endorsement meeting held last week at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights.

This was one of two endorsements Swern received last week as the Bay Ridge-based Brooklyn Democrats For Change also endorsed her.

Before the IND vote, former Assemblywoman Joan Millman spoke passionately about the programs Swern was instrumental in designing and implementing including the the Red Hook Community Justice Center while working as an assistant district attorney under former DA Charles Hynes.

IND heard from, and and endorsed Mayor Bill de Blasio, who showed up at the meeting to pitch his case for reelection. The mayor spoke about the progress the city has made in his time including the reduced crime rate and a strengthened economy. He also fielded a few questions ranging from the audience.

The mayor gave a shoutout to members of the audience such as the aforementioned  Joan Millman, Assembly Members Jo Anne Simon and Bobby Carroll as well as one of IND‘s founding members, Buddy Scotto.

Senator Daniel Squadron spoke on behalf of Comptroller Scott Stringer’s reelection and stressed the importance of the comptroller ensuring the city is on solid fiscal footing.  The club unanimously endorsed Stringer, who was honored at the recent IND annual dinner, and the same for Public Advocate Letitia James.

IND also had unanimous endorsements for the reelection of City Council Members Steve Levin in the 33rd district and Brad Lander in the 39th district.

On the judicial side of endorsements IND voted to support Hermalee Patel for Civil Court In the 6th municipal district and in the countywide races David Pepper, Connie Mallafre Mendez and Isiris “Isela” Isaac.