Hochul Nabs Current & Former South Bklyn Electeds Endorsement

From left City Councilman Antonio Reynoso, Gov. Kathy Hochul, Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Ingrid Lewis-Martin and Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn. Photo by Stephen Witt

Five former and current elected officials from south Brooklyn today endorsed Governor Kathy Hochul’s candidacy for a full term.

The group, led by Frank Seddio, the former Kings County Democratic Party chair and current Democratic district leader for the 59th Assembly District, cited Hochul’s strong leadership in combating the pandemic and commitment to building a more equitable New York.

Earlier this month, Governor Hochul received the endorsement of the Kings County Democratic Party Chairperson Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn.

“I am honored to receive this endorsement from leaders who share my bold agenda to get big things done for Brooklyn and New York State,” said Hochul. “They embody the resiliency and Brooklyn tough attitude that will help us emerge from the pandemic stronger than before. Together, we will continue making investments in the community, lifting up small businesses and workers, and welcoming a new era of opportunity.”

Seddio said throughout Hochul’s time in office, she has shown herself to govern with compassion and integrity — and represents a refreshing change, for which New York City can be proud.

“As the former chair of the Kings County Democratic Committee, I believe it’s time to unite around the governor’s leadership and focus on beating Republicans up and down the ballot,” said Seddio.

Sen. Roxanne Persaud (D-Canarsie) said Hochul has taken on the challenges of the past year in stride and every day proves herself to be a strong leader for the state.

“With other states throughout the country chipping away at hard-earned rights like a woman’s right to choose, the governor has prioritized making our state a beacon of hope for women everywhere. I look forward to working with her to get COVID under control, helping people stay in their homes, and growing New York’s economy,” said Persaud

Assemblymember Jaime Williams (D-Canarsie) said Hochul continues to prove that she is in touch with the needs of Brooklynites and the state.

“I am excited to continue working with her on key issues such as housing, gun violence prevention, and creating jobs in our city. I encourage everyone in the 59th District and New Yorkers everywhere to come together and support the governor’s strong commonsense agenda,” said Williams.

Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Sheepshead Bay) said Hochul has proven herself to be a tireless fighter and advocate for New York City.

“She is dedicated to governing collaboratively, with an approach that values accountability and transparency. From improving NYCHA to building affordable housing to ensuring that our economy grows for all, Kathy is a strong advocate for our working families. I offer my support and look forward to joining her on the campaign trail soon,” said Cymbrowitz.

City Council Member Alan Maisel (D-Canarsie) said as a lifelong resident of Brooklyn and longtime member of the community board, he is confident that Governor Hochul understands the needs of South Brooklyn.

Our community has been impacted by COVID-19, stalled job growth, and many other issues. Governor Hochul has stepped in from day one to ameliorate the concerns of the people we serve and moved our state in a positive direction. I endorse Kathy to remain as governor to make sure New York gets safer, stronger and healthier,” said Maisel.