REP. JOE CROWLEY AND OTHER PROMINENT QUEENS OFFICIALS ENDORSE HAKEEM JEFFRIES FOR CONGRESS
Urge Queens voters to get out the vote
June 15, 2012 - Brooklyn, NY - Prominent elected officials and community leaders from Queens, including Congressman Joe Crowley, Sen. Joe Addabbo and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder announced their endorsement of Hakeem Jeffries for Congress today at the Cross Bay Diner in Howard Beach.
"Hakeem Jeffries is exactly the kind of person we need in Congress," said Congressman Crowley. "Not only will he fight to create jobs for New Yorkers, but he will also work hard to protect middle-class families, seniors and children. I am proud to endorse Hakeem and I look forward to welcoming him to Congress in November."
"Hakeem has always been a strong advocate for working families and affordable housing in Albany," said Senator Addabbo. "I urge all the voters in my district to support Hakeem. We have to send him to Washington to fight the foreclosure crisis and create job opportunities by making our economy better."
"As one of the newest members of the New York State Assembly, I have looked to Hakeem for his guidance and leadership" said Assemblyman Goldfeder. "His energy, enthusiasm and attention to every neighborhood he represents make him the best candidate to represent us in Washington."
"I am honored to have the support of so many distinguished leaders from Queens," said Jeffries. "Although our district spans two boroughs, we have the same priorities of better education for our children, preserving home ownership and getting people back to work. I look forward to vigorously representing the neighborhoods of Howard Beach, Lindenwood and Ozone Park in Washington."
The new 8th Congressional district, formerly NY-10, encompasses the South Ozone Park, Lindenwood and Howard Beach neighborhoods of Queens. By law, every ten years states must redraw federal district lines to reflect the newest census data. Because of this shift, New York State in 2012 saw one district deleted in New York City. In the new NY-8, the Queens neighborhoods were joined for the first time with central and eastern Brooklyn communities. For many residents, it is the first time they will elect a representative from a different borough. The support of such local leaders will be vital in getting out the vote in Queens in the upcoming June 26th Democratic primary.
Hakeem Jeffries has represented Brooklyn's 57th district in the New York State Assembly since 2007. During his time in the legislature, Assemblyman Jeffries has emerged as a champion for working families. He has successfully advanced a progressive agenda that has made a real impact throughout New York, including legislation to strengthen tenant regulations, protect the civil liberties of law-abiding New Yorkers during police encounters, reform state government in Albany, and facilitate the successful re-entry of formerly incarcerated individuals. For more information on Hakeem's candidacy, visit www.JeffriesforCongress.com.
Left to Right: District Leader Jo Ann Shapiro, District Leader Frank Gulluscio, Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder, Congressman Joseph Crowley, NY-8 Congressional Candidate Hakeem Jeffries, Senator Joe Addabbo, and District Leader Lew Simon. Photo credit: Marie Figueroa for Jeffries for Congress
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