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RELEASE: Kavanagh Endorsed for State Senate by CODA


For Immediate Release
September 15, 2017
Contact: Isaac Goldberg,

Kavanagh Endorsed for State Senate by CODA
Lower East Side Political Organization
Joins Kavanagh’s Growing Ranks of Supporters


New York - Last night, the membership of the Coalition for a District Alternative (CODA) voted to endorse Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh’s campaign for State Senate. Kavanagh is running to represent the Senate District recently vacated by Daniel Squadron, which spans parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

CODA’s endorsement is the latest important show of support for Kavanagh’s campaign, which has already been endorsed by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, the Downtown Progressive Democrats, and the Working Families Party.

Assemblymember Kavanagh expressed his gratitude for CODA’s support. “It’s particularly meaningful to me to have the endorsement of CODA members with whom I have worked closely for so many years, because I’ve experienced first hand CODA’s tenacity in standing up for residents of our community and our progressive ideals. With CODA’s support, I look forward to continuing my work protecting affordable housing—including the Lower East Side’s public housing, reducing climate change pollution and ensuring our neighborhoods are resilient, funding the MTA, and ending gun violence,” said Kavanagh.

CODA is an independent political organization that mobilizes residents, activists, and neighborhood groups—anyonewho wants to join in struggling for political, economic and cultural power for the community and an end to discrimination based on class, race, gender, age, disability, religion, or sexual orientation. Since 1992, CODA has been a rallying point on the Lower East Side for progressive politics.

Kavanagh currently represents the 74th Assembly District and is running for State Senate to represent the 26th Senate District, which includes lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. Kavanagh is one of New York’s leading champions of reform and is an outspoken advocate for changing the culture in Albany. As an Assemblymember, Kavanagh authored some of the most important bills to strengthen rent laws and expand tax breaks to freeze rents and keep housing affordable for seniors and people with disabilities. He helped lead the successful effort to ban the environmentally destructive practice of drilling for gas known as “fracking,” and is a leader in the fight against gun violence. Kavanagh is currently the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection. His complete biography can be found at

The 26th State Senate district includes the Manhattan neighborhoods of Battery Park City, Chinatown, the East and South Villages, the Financial District, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, SoHo, and Tribeca and the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, the Columbia Waterfront, DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, Fulton Ferry, Greenpoint, the Navy Yard, Vinegar Hill, and Williamsburg.


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