2021 Citywide Elections: Weekly Endorsements & Other Tidbits

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Mayoral Race

Brooklyn Borough President and Mayoral candidate Eric Adams received some hometown love this past weekend as Southern Brooklyn electeds including State Senator Diane Savino and Andrew Gounardes, Assemblyman Peter Abbate and City Councilmember Justin Brannan all endorsed Adams’ run for Gracie Mansion.

Not every lawmaker in Southern Brooklyn was on board with Adams, however, as the Republican candidate for mayor Curtis Sliwa picked up the endorsement from Assemblyman Michael Tannousis (R- Brooklyn, Staten Island).

Sliwa has also nabbed the support from both Brooklyn and Staten Island Republican Committees, as well as the City Council’s GOP Minority Whip Joseph Borelli (R-Staten Island).

Meanwhile, Comptroller and Mayoral Candidate Scott Stringer was in Queens yesterday getting endorsements from Assemblymember Nily Rozic and former Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder.

With petitions due this week, Adams’ campaign announced today it has filed more than 20,000 signatures today with the Board of Elections (BOE) to get him on the ballot for the June 22nd primary election.

Andrew Yang didn’t leave the handover of signatures to the BOE to his campaign and instead personally handed in his over 9,000 signatures to the office on Lower Broadway

The Yang for New York campaign also partnered with several candidates running for office, including Vanessa Gibson (Bronx Borough President), William Allen (CD 9 in Harlem), Gigi Li (CD 1 in Lower Manhattan), Edwin Raymond (CD 40 in Flatbush, Brooklyn), Esther Yang (AD 76A in parts of Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island), Richard Lee (CD 19 in Bayside, Queens), Boris Noble (CD 48 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn), and Selina Grey (CD 49 on Staten Island’s North Shore).

Judicial Races

Democratic Candidate For Kings County Surrogate Judge Rosemarie Montalbano is building support in one of Brooklyn’s most important bench seats.

Judge Montalbano, who currently serves as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Kings County, has been endorsed by Assemblywoman Maritza Davila, District Leader Shaquana Boykin, District Leader Kristina Naplatarski, District Leader Emile Bazile, District Leader and former Assemblyman Walter Mosely, District Leader David Schwartz, the New York State Supreme Court Officers Association, the Independent Neighborhood Democrats, the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, the NYS Court Clerks Association, the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, the New York State Court Officers Association, La Nueva Esperanza and the Haitian Powerhouse.

Comptroller Race

City Councilmember and Comptroller candidate Brad Lander received a string of endorsements from prominent public transit advocates Gene Russianoff, John Raskin, and Mark Winston Griffith, bike advocates Paul Steely White, Marco Conner, and Jon Orcutt, and street safety advocates Amy Cohen and Fabiola Mendieta-Cuapio.

Meanwhile, State Senator and Comptroller Candidate Kevin Parker received the endorsement of former City Councilmember Una Clarke, who also happens to be the mother of Brooklyn U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke.

On the money front, Assemblyman and Comptroller candidate David Weprin last week received a whopping $1,228,614 in public matching funds and has a growing list of electeds supporting with a good many coming from his native queens. This includes Queens Democratic Party Chair U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks and U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi.

Borough President’s Race

Assemblywoman and Brooklyn Borough President Candidate Jo Anne Simon has received endorsements from State Sen. Andrew Gounardes and Assemblyman Robert Carroll. She has also taken the lead in raising money, having raised 348,247 in the last filing period and now has $727,727 of cash on hand.

City Councilmember and Bronx Borough President Candidate Fernando Cabrera received the endorsement of the Northwest Bronx Democrats.

City Council Races

Queens City Council Candidate Debra Markell received the endorsement from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in her race for the council’s 23rd District.

Queens City Council Candidate Sandra Ung received the endorsements oc term-limited Councilmember Peter Koo to replace him in the 20th Council District.

Ung has also been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, State Senator Toby Stavisky and  Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz.

Brooklyn City Council Candidate Crystal Hudson announced she filed more than 2,400 petition signatures for her race in the 35th City Council district.