Hakeem Jeffries endorses Crystal Hudson in Crown Heights council race


Brooklyn Rep. Hakeem Jeffries on Tuesday threw his weight behind City Council candidate Crystal Hudson, who is running to represent the 35th district in central Brooklyn.

Jeffries, the fifth highest-ranking house Democrat in Washington, cited Hudson’s community activism while making his endorsement.

“When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Crystal was there. When we came together to demand transformational police reform, Crystal was there,” Jeffries said May 4. “When public housing residents and those victimized by displacement needed a voice, Crystal was there.”

Hudson, a former deputy public advocate and staffer for incumbent Councilmember Laurie Cumbo, has garnered endorsements from both progressive groups and individuals like the New Kings Democrats, the Lambda Independent Democrats, and Councilmember Brad Lander, as well as powerful unions like District Council 37, the Hotel Trades Council, and 32BJ SEIU.