U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) announced today that veteran Democratic lawyer Frank Carone will serve as the first Co-Chair of the Jeffries for Congress re-election campaign.
“I am excited that Frank Carone, a well-regarded leader in the law, political engagement and public service, has agreed to assume a leadership role in my re-election campaign as we seek to advance Democratic ideals in Brooklyn and throughout the nation,” Jeffries said. “Over the next year, we must maintain the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, regain control of the United States Senate and win the Presidency. We will need all hands on deck, and in that regard, Frank will be an important asset.”
Carone, a partner in the Abrams Fensterman law firm, has long combined his interest in politics and public service, including serving as Law Chairman of the Kings County Democratic Executive Committee and as a member of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, where he championed the expansion of accessibility across the for-hire industry until he left the commission.
“Hakeem Jeffries is recognized as an effective, thoughtful and inspirational leader of uncommon ability and integrity by his constituents, as well as by his congressional colleagues who have named him Chair of the House Democratic Caucus,” Carone said. “As a House Manager during the recent impeachment proceedings, he was a measured and forceful advocate for the proposition that no one, not even the President of the United States, is above the law. I am honored to work towards his re-election in the knowledge that he will continue to serve Brooklyn, the city and the nation with hard work, honor and passion. Knowing Hakeem as I do, the best is yet to come.”
After serving three terms in the State Assembly, Jeffries was elected in 2012 to Congress from New York’s Eighth Congressional District, the vibrant and diverse district that encompasses neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Southwest Queens including Bedford-Stuyvesant, Canarsie, East New York, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Coney Island and Ozone Park. which spans across northern and eastern Brooklyn from Fort Greene to East New York and extends into the Queens neighborhoods of South Ozone Park and Howard Beach.
He has been re-elected three times by wide margins and is running for his fifth term in 2020.
As the Congressmember with the largest number of public housing residents in the nation, Jeffries has been a leader in Congress fighting to restore aid for affordable housing, pressing for police reforms and combatting “overcriminalization” of the criminal justice system and strengthening voting protections in the face of Republican moves to restrict voting rights.