A Brooklyn-based political action committee (PAC) today gave a big boost to three borough city council candidates in highly competitive districts promising to do independent expenditures on their behalf.
A Better New York for All (ABNYFA) will be backing Briget Rein in Council District 39 covering Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Gowanus and Kensington; Renee Collymore in Council District 35 covering Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights and Crown Heights; and Darma Diaz in Council District 37 covering Bushwick, Cypress Hills and East New York.
“Bridgit Rein, Renee Collymore and Darma Diaz are all excellent, qualified candidates who our members believe will be responsible voices in city government, and strong partners to the small business community and other stakeholders we represent,” said ABNYFA Executive Director Gil Cygler.
“These candidates each offer a robust and sustainable vision to promote economic recovery for all New Yorkers. Each candidate has been chosen because they possess the requisite skills and experience needed to navigate the challenging road ahead,” he added.
According to the city’s Campaign Finance Board laws, PACs can spend money on campaigns as independent expenditures on elections as long as they don’t work with the candidate they are supporting.
In this case, ABNYFA has vowed to educate undecided voters through phone and text banking, advertising in community and diverse media outlets across New York City, direct mail, and using their network of donors and supporters to advocate for coverage of issues and candidates key to New York City’s recovery for all New Yorkers.
Earlier this month, the PAC announced they will be backing Eric Adams for Mayor, Robert Cornegy for Brooklyn Borough President.
The issues the PAC is most concerned about include ensuring public safety, quality of life, supporting small businesses and bringing back tourism.
Cygler said each candidate has been chosen because they possess the requisite skills and experience needed to navigate the challenging road ahead.
“New York City’s economy and spirit was decimated by the Coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants are reeling, small businesses lack support, crime and quality of life issues are at a critical crossroads,” said Cygler.
“We need our incoming elected officials to work with business and community groups to make sure our future looks a lot brighter, safer, stronger and more sustainable than our past. And that we are creating a better New York for all New Yorkers.”