2012-06-20 / Features

Crowley Endorses Hakeem Jeffries For Congress


(L. to r.); District Leader Jo Ann Shapiro, District Leader Frank Gulluscio, Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder, Congressmember Joseph Crowley, Congressional Candidate Hakeem Jeffries, state Senator Joe Addabbo and District Leader Lew Simon. 
Photo Marie Figueroa (L. to r.); District Leader Jo Ann Shapiro, District Leader Frank Gulluscio, Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder, Congressmember Joseph Crowley, Congressional Candidate Hakeem Jeffries, state Senator Joe Addabbo and District Leader Lew Simon. Photo Marie Figueroa Elected officials and community leaders including Congressmember Joe Crowley, state Senator Joe Addabbo and Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder announced their endorsement of Hakeem Jeffries for Congress on June 15 at the Cross Bay Diner in Howard Beach.

“Hakeem Jeffries is exactly the kind of person we need in Congress,” said 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 into Congress in November.”

Formerly NY-10, the new 8th Congressional district encompasses South Ozone Park, Lindenwood and Howard Beach. By law, every 10 years, states must redraw federal district lines to reflect the newest census data. Earlier this year, one district was deleted in New York City because of this shift. In 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 that they will elect a representative from a different borough. The support of such local leaders will help get the vote out in Queens in the upcoming Democratic primary on June 26.

“As one of the newest members of the New York state Assembly, I have looked to Hakeem for his guidance and leadership,” said Goldfeder. “His energy, enthusiasm and attention to every neighborhood he represents makes him the best candidate to represent us in Washington.”

Addabbo added, “Hakeem has always been a strong advocate for working families and affordable housing in Albany. 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.”

Hakeem Jeffries has represented Brooklyn’s 57th District in the New York state Assembly since 2007. During his time in the legislature, he has spent a lot of his time advocating for the working class. He has also successfully advanced a progressive agenda in 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.

“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.”

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