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RELEASE: Mayor de Blasio, Comptroller Stringer, Public Advocate James, Congressmembers Jeffries and Maloney and 21 Democratic Elected Officials Endorse Brian Kavanagh


For Immediate Release
September 17, 2017
Contact: Isaac Goldberg,

Mayor de Blasio, Comptroller Stringer, Public Advocate James, Congressmembers Jeffries and Maloney and 21 Democratic Elected Officials Endorse Brian Kavanagh

Endorsements follow Kavanagh winning majority of 26th Senate District Democratic County Committee


New York - Today, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh’s campaign for State Senate was endorsed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Tish James, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries as well as 21 Democratic elected officials, following the conclusion of processes in Brooklyn and Manhattan that resulted in Kavanagh receiving 53% of the combined Democratic County Committee vote.

After winning majority support, Brian Kavanagh said: “When Democrats come together, we win. I am running for State Senate to fight for our communities in Manhattan and Brooklyn and create the progressive, reform-minded, Democratic-majority Senate that will stand up for our values and make our state government work for all New Yorkers. I look forward to serving with my colleagues in the Senate Democratic Conference under the leadership of Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins.”

“For 11 years in the Assembly, I have advocated for my constituents and stood up when government in Albany has failed to function as it should. As a State Senator, I will fight for the things that matter to New Yorkers: strengthening rent laws and preserving affordable housing, increasing access to quality schools, safeguarding the environment and ensuring our communities are resilient, promoting economic and social justice, preventing gun violence, and creating a fairer and more accessible political process,” said Kavanagh.

In endorsing Brian Kavanagh, Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “Brian Kavanagh is far and away the best choice to represent the 26th Senate District, and I am proud to endorse him. For over a decade as a legislator, Brian has stood up to powerful interests time and again -- from fighting gun violence and protecting tenants to pushing for critical reforms to make Albany more transparent and accountable to the people. Now more than ever, we need impassioned voices in Albany to challenge the status quo and advance the needs of the people of New York City. A proven reformer and a fierce defender of New York City, Brian Kavanagh is that leader.”

Comptroller Scott Stringer said: “There is no one I trust more to continue Daniel Squardon’s excellent work in the State Senate that Brian Kavanagh. As a leader in the Assembly, Brian Kavanagh has been progressive champion, fighting to clean up Albany, get illegal guns off our streets while standing up for our values. Now more than ever, we need Brian’s leadership in the State Senate as we fight for fair funding for our subways and busses. I’m honored to give Brian my full endorsement.”

Public Advocate Tish James said: “We need Democratic leaders in the State Senate who we can trust to stand up for our values as New Yorkers, and that’s Brian Kavanagh. I know that Brian Kavanagh will be a voice for New York’s working men and women, just as he’s been in the State Assembly. On issues ranging from housing to jobs to homelessness, Brian will be a partner in moving our state forward. I’m proud to endorse Brian at this critical moment and look forward to working with him as our next State Senator.”

State Senator Daniel Squadron
said: ““Brian Kavanagh has been an exemplary public official and will be an outstanding State Senator. His experience pushing to reform Albany and deliver results for those who need it most will make a big difference for the people and neighborhoods of the 26th Senate District. I am proud to endorse him today.”

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said: “While working alongside Brian during his time in the Assembly, I have been continually impressed with his intelligence, work ethic, and values. I’m proud to endorse Brian Kavanagh for State Senate because I know he’ll continue to be a true progressive champion for all New Yorkers. I hope my neighbors in Manhattan and Brooklyn will join me by uniting behind Brian as our Democratic nominee.

Borough President Gale Brewer said: “I endorsed Brian Kavanagh for State Senate because I knew he was the right person for the job. Now, I’m proud that a majority of Democratic County Committee members have backed Brian’s campaign. Brian will be the progressive champion we need in the State Senate and I look forward to campaigning with him throughout the fall.”

State Senator Liz Krueger said: “We need more champions in the State Senate for choice, our environment, and common-sense gun regulations and that’s why I’m endorsing Brian Kavanagh. We know we can trust Brian’s progressive values because of his years of work in the trenches and I look forward to him joining the Democratic Senate caucus in Albany.”

State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “When I endorsed Brian’s campaign weeks ago, I did so knowing that he would work to unite Democrats in the State Senate and continue our fight to lead the resistance to Donald Trump. I’m proud to continue to support him today”

State Senator Jose Serrano said: “I’m proud to endorse Brian Kavanagh for State Senate. Brian will be a strong progressive voice in the Senate and will be a trusted advocate for working men and women in New York, which is exactly what we need more of in Albany.”

State Senator Brian Benjamin said: “I’m proud to endorse Brian Kavanagh because he is a proven and trusted progressive who will work with us to take back the State Senate. Brian has earned the support of Democrats in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and he’s earned my support as well.”

Assemblymember Dick Gottfried said: “I have spent decades in the State Assembly fighting to build a progressive future for our state and, for the last ten years, I’ve been joined by Brian Kavanagh in that effort. Now, I’m honored to endorse Brian’s candidacy for State Senate. Brian will be a progressive leader in the State Senate which, in the age of Trump, is sorely needed. He has my full support.”

Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou said: “I ran for State Assembly on a pledge to reform Albany and I have long admired Brian Kavanagh’s commitment to that cause. Now, I’m honored to join the majority of the Democratic County Committee members in supporting Brian’s campaign. While we all wish that this process had been more open and democratic, I know that Brian will be terrific State Senator who will stand for our values and bring badly needed reform to the Albany status quo.”

Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal said: “I am supporting Brian Kavanagh because he is strongly pro-choice and pro-reform. Brian’s progressive credentials are undeniable and that’s why I am supporting him 100%.”

Assemblymember Dan Quart said: “As a colleague of Brian’s in the Assembly, I’ve seen first hand how committed he is to progressive values and real reform. We need that same tenacity in the State Senate, and I’m proud to endorse Brian’s campaign. Brian will make a terrific State Senator and will continue to lead on the issue that matter to us most. I’m honored to back his candidacy.”

Assemblywoman Deborah Glick said: “The Democratic County Committee members made the right choice by voting for Brian Kavanagh and I’m proud to add my endorsement to his cause. Brian will make us proud in the State Senate and will continue our fight for progressive reform to move New York forward.

Councilmember Corey Johnson said: “New York State must be on the front lines of the resistance and that effort starts by electing trusted progressives like Brian Kavanagh to the State Senate. I’m proud to join the majority of Democratic County Committee members who are backing Brian’s candidacy. Brian is a progressive leader who will do the work necessary to make sure New York remains a bulwark against Donald Trump.”

Councilmember Dan Garodnick said: “ “Brian Kavanagh is smart, capable and will be a strong addition to the State Senate. Brian is the right choice to replace Dan Squadron and I am asking all my neighbors and constituents to support his candidacy.”

Councilmember Ben Kallos said: “I have had the honor of working with Brian Kavanagh many times throughout my first term as City Council Member. I have witnessed firsthand Kavanagh’s commitment to progressive policies and his fierce advocacy for our city. I fully support him as the Democratic nominee for State Senate.”

Democratic Nominee for City Council Keith Powers said: ““Brian Kavanagh is a strong progressive choice for State Senate and I’m proud to support him. His record as Assemblymember has proven that not only is he committed to the progressive ideals that I hold dear, but that he can execute for District 4 and the rest of lower Manhattan time and time again. Democrats should unite behind Brian Kavanagh for State Senate."

Kings County Democratic Chair Frank Seddio said: “Brian Kavanagh has impressed his Brooklyn Assembly colleagues with his commitment to making government work for those who need it, whether mass transit riders, those who come in contact with our criminal justice system or tenants struggling to remain in their homes and their neighborhoods. When Democrats finally get together to take control of the chamber, we are confident he will serve his Brooklyn constituents effectively and progressively with honor and dignity.”

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who served in the Assembly with Kavanagh, said: “These are indeed challenging times that demand dedicated public servants. Brian’s legislative record on a whole host of issues indicates he will serve the people of Brooklyn well and fight for what is right.”

Borough President Eric Adams said: “Brian Kavanagh has worked hard in the Assembly on issues of critical importance to Brooklyn -- affordable housing, reforming our criminal justice system, creating an equitable transportation system and combatting the effects of climate change. We look forward to working with him when he moves to the State Senate for the benefit of all Brooklyn residents.”

Assemblyman Joe Lentol said: "I have worked with Brian Kavanagh in the Assembly for more than a decade. I have seen his commitment to the issues that matter most. We’ve worked together to increase funding for mass transit and find real solutions to reform our criminal justice system. Now, I'm endorsing Brian Kavanagh for State Senate because he is the best choice to replace Daniel Squadron."

Assemblymember Maritza Davila said: "Brian Kavanagh and I have been partners in the Assembly, fighting to protect tenants and expand affordable housing. I am endorsing Brian because I know we can do even more to help our constituents when he is elected to the State Senate."

Assemblymember Walter Mosley said: “Over the years, Brian Kavanagh has been a staunch advocate for affordable housing and a tireless leader in the efforts to reduce gun violence. I am endorsing him for New York State Senate because we need dedicated, fearless legislators who are willing to fight for the issues that matter. I admire Brian's longstanding commitment to representing the needs of all New Yorkers, and have no doubt he will continue this important work in the New York State Senate.”

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, joined by District Leaders Josh Skaller and Anne Swern, said: “We are happy to endorse Brian Kavanagh for Senate District 26. While we wish the process could have been more transparent and participatory, we believe Mr. Kavanagh to be an excellent match for the 52nd AD. He is a seasoned legislator with a long history of advocacy for election reform, public schools, affordable housing and the environment and the prevention of gun violence. We are confident that he can hit the ground running and look forward to working closely with him.”

Councilman Steve Levin said: “I am proud to endorse Brian Kavanagh to be the next senator from the 26thDistrict in Brooklyn and Manhattan. During his time in the Assembly, Brian has established himself as a consistent progressive voice for affordable housing, equitable transportation policy, and addressing income inequality. I look forward to working with him on these issues when he is the next senator.”

City Councilmember Brad Lander said: “Brian Kavanagh will fight to combat climate change, strengthen the rent laws, and bring campaign finance reform to New York State. I have long admired Brian's record of fighting for progressive values in the Assembly and I know that he will make Brooklyn proud as our next State Senator. After all, his initials are BK!”

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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