Queens Tribune Endorsements
Last week we endorsed in many of the races voters will see on the ballot next Tuesday, September 15. This week, we complete the task and summarize all of our Democratic Primary Endorsements at the end.

Borough President
While fresh ideas would be welcome at Boro Hall – and Marc Leavitt has wonderful ideas and offers attractive concepts – he has not convinced us that government operations and the multiplicity of issues are his strengths.

Helen Marshall has been a hard working and dedicated public servant for years, serving as Borough President for the last eight. Her heart and intentions cannot be doubted. She has a grasp on the issues that affect the lives of the people of Queens, and an effective working knowledge and network with the people who run the City. We prefer her.
The Queens Tribune endorses Helen Marshall in the Democratic Primary.

21st District
Julissa Ferreras and Eduardo Giraldo were two of four candidates vying for this seat in a special election in February – Julissa won it handily. In her short time in office she has come through one budget without scars, but also without standing out from the crowd.

While we think that this district is one that is likely well represented, we are waiting to see this young woman turn into a star at City Hall. We think she should have the opportunity to go back and take on a full term to prove her value to the community. The Queens Tribune endorses Julissa Ferreras in the Democratic Primary.

23rd District
With Swaranjit Singh representing the changing face of the community, and Bob Friedrich showing his understanding of government and his ability to represent Glen Oaks Village, we feel we must lean toward Assemblyman Mark Weprin in the race to replace David Weprin, who is not seeking a third term.

Mark has dealt with the most difficult of leadership, and still managed to get bills passed in Albany – that shows the type of strength needed to work for his district – and the City – within the City Council. The QUEENS TRIBUNE endorses Mark Weprin in the Democratic Primary.

26th District
Three solid candidates, one seat is the story of the Primary in the 26th District. Community activist Jimmy Van Bramer, Democratic District Leader Deidre Feerick and Corporate Attorney Brent O’Leary have each convinced us that they could more than adequately do the job and represent the diverse population of this Queens district.

Van Bramer is experienced, Feerick knowledgeable and O’Leary independent – and each offers a slightly different attribute. We’d like them all on the City Council and know that the people of the district will be well-served no matter who wins. Pick one.

27th District
Clyde Vanel is an honorable man of the district who is leading a good campaign against the two-term incumbent Leroy Comrie – who voted to overturn the will of the people by selfishly extending term limits. Though that does weigh against him, his tireless work for his district and the extended personal relationship he and his family have with our newspaper – he is a friend – makes him our choice; but we will be watching for Mr. Vanel to knock our socks off four years from now. The Queens Tribune endorses Leroy Comrie in the Democratic Primary.

28th District
A disgraced councilman, a school board member, a person who allegedly threw a punch at the Board of Elections and a charming newcomer who ran a good district leader race last year have all squared off to challenge Tom White.

Allan Jennings, Stephen Jones, Ruben Wills and Lynn Nunez each bring a different facet to this complicated race, but the truth is that Tom White has done an admirable job for the people of his district. Clearly, there is discontent among his rivals, some directed at him, some with less direction. Tom needs to take a hint from those who voice their complaints, and strive to be more responsive. We have seen him improve from his last time in office, and expect that he will learn from this race that there are some in his district who question his dedication and ability. We think he has what it takes, and offer our voice in support of him returning to office and continuing to improve. The Queens Tribune endorses Tom White in the Democratic Primary.

31st District
Michael Duncan, Jacques Leandre, Marquez Claxton and Fred Lewis are all challenging James Sanders, who is seeking a third term in the City Council. Duncan is Sanders’ former chief of staff, Lewis is a long-time political insider and Leandre and Claxton are community organizers. The latter two of them are both very impressive, and we find it a shame that the four of them are running against one another rather than with each other to allow one of them to win. Strategically, it does not bode well for any of them.

Of the four challengers and the incumbent, we feel “Mark” Claxton has his heart in the right place – within the communities that make up the widespread 31st District. The Queens Tribune endorses Marquez “Mark” Claxton in the Democratic Primary.

The Democratic Primary Queens Tribune endorsement list:
Mayor: Bill Thomson preferred
Public Adovcate: Eric Gioia
Comptroller: John Liu
19th Council District: Kevin Kim
20thCouncil District: James Wu
21st council District Julissa Ferreras
23rd Council District: Mark Weprin
25th Council District Danny Dromm
26th Council District: Pick one
27th Council District: Leroy Comrie
28th Council District: Tom White
29th Council District: Karen Koslowitz
31st Council district: Marquez Claxton

Please remember to vote on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Posted by: vote4claxton | September 10, 2009



East End Matters…
Make Voices Heard In Tuesday’s 31st CC Primary

By Miriam Rosenberg

Welcome to a new column for The Wave. As the title suggests it will center on east end issues important to the folks living in Far Rockaway, Bayswater, Edgemere and Arverne. So, let’s get to it. On Tuesday, the Democratic nominee for the City Council seat for the 31st District will be decided. While many may believe they can wait until the November election to take to the polls, the primary in this contest could be more important than the general election. Yes, it is true that the winner of the primary will face a Republican challenger in November. With all due respect to the Republican candidate, the district is overwhelming Democratic and it is more than likely that the winner of the primary next week will be sitting in the City Council in January. Because of this, those who live in the 31st District – the Rockaway portion of which includes Far Rockaway, Bayswater, Arverne and Edgemere – must come out and vote on Tuesday.

For years people on the east end have complained that their voices are not heard. Many in the district have voiced their dissatisfaction with the incumbent, James Sanders Jr., who has held the office for eight years. Yet, Sanders has raised more money, collected more petition signatures and has more endorsements than the other candidates. What does it all mean?

Well, actually nothing. Because what really counts, is what citizens have to say on Election Day. I’m not going to endorse any of the candidates. That does not necessarily mean I endorse the same person as The Wave. As someone who lives on the east end I, like you, have to take into account several different factors. So, I am going to offer some advice. If you have not yet done so, use this weekend to Google each man to find his campaign website and read articles from the various media – including The Wave. If you have attended a candidate forum, you are even further ahead. Then put it all together to decide who has the experience, views and the commitment to the people living on the east end of the peninsula.

During the campaign, Sanders has made the argument that his competitors do not understand the issues and his experience puts him steps ahead of them. His challengers believe the incumbent has not done enough, and it is time for change. Now it is your turn. It is time to decide whom you trust with your future and that of your family. Will it be the former NYPD detective, Marquez Claxton; the former chief of staff for Councilman Sanders, Michael Duncan; activist and lawyer Jacques Leandre; community activist Lou Grays; public servant Fred Lewis or the current man in the job, Sanders.

Each man has his own qualities.

Let’s say you live in the Redfern area. That means that for years you tried to get cameras installed in Redfern Houses so that you will feel safe in your own home without a visit from an uninvited guest – a stray bullet through your window. The same is true for those living in Hammel Houses. Those prayers were answered when Sanders allocated funds to make the installation of cameras possible in both places. Yet, his opponents feel that cameras won’t solve the problem.

They’re right, it won’t. But, it is a beginning. But, if you live in Redfern Houses you will remember when Claxton came to the complex in June 2008 after Brandon Bethea, 15, was shot the previous month. He rallied scared residents out of their apartments to take back their development. Unlike the other candidates who throw out the usual list of issues that need to be tackled, Claxton is the only candidate who has an actual platform addressing the issues on his campaign website.

Lewis, following the verdict acquitting the police officers in the shooting of Far Rockaway resident Sean Bell, joined other community members as they supported Bell’s fiancée, Nicole Paultre Bell, at a gathering at a church in Arverne. The Lewis Plan, on the candidate’s website, lists his goals and experience. It is impressive, but is short of actual plans for the peninsula.

Duncan, Leandre and Grays are better known on the mainland. Their websites center more on their past experience than their future plans.

Leandre has worked with several community organizations and programs, including many that have to do with young people. He is the president of the Jets Rosedale Football Association. He has been dogged by stories of involvement with the Nation of Islam after defending them in a court case. He also enraged residents in Rosedale at the end of last month after a family picnic he helped sponsor at Brookville Park distributed alcohol and, reportedly, got out of control.

Duncan served as PTA president at three different schools and works with young people through the Rosedale soccer program.

Lou Grays is a community activist and a retired teacher who has had his fill of violence, not enough affordable housing and the destruction of our communities.

Like I said earlier, Google each candidate for his website and articles about him – then decide for yourself. Remember also that the 31st Councilmanic District includes Rosedale, Laurelton and Springfield Gardens. Voters there will vote for the man they believe will best represent them, not Rockaway. Frank Gulluscio, who is running for the 32nd Councilmanic seat, which encompasses Rockaway’s west end, as well as a large area on the mainland, had this to say about the importance of getting out to vote. He said that candidates can check to see from where their votes came and he added, “the money [they allocate] goes where the votes [came] from.”

So no matter whom you support, make it more than just talk. On Tuesday make your voice heard. If things go wrong, only after taking part in the system will you really have a right to complain. Voting is not only a right, it is a privilege – use it.

Posted by: vote4claxton | September 5, 2009


N.Y. State Senator Eric Adams joins Marquez Claxton at the campaign office 'Grand Opening'

N.Y. State Senator Eric Adams joins Marquez Claxton at the campaign office 'Grand Opening'

A young supporter at the 'Grand Opening'

A young supporter at the 'Grand Opening'

Senator Adams joins Marquez Claxton and 'Team Claxton' supporters inside the campaign headquarters

Senator Adams joins Marquez Claxton and 'Team Claxton' supporters inside the campaign headquarters

Posted by: vote4claxton | September 3, 2009


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Amsterdam News Primary Election Endorsements

Published: Thursday, September 3, 2009 1:00 PM EDT



Marquez Claxton comes to us after serving in the NYPD for over 20 years. Living in Queens for over 30 years, Claxton has chaired the Public Safety Committee of Community Board 13 in Queens and was a co-founder of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care. He vows to fight for the city’s fair share of resources and believes that our children must be given access to a quality education that will prepare them to be competitive in the 21st century. He may lack elected experience, but his drive and commitment make up for that. He can learn this job and learn it well. Therefore, we endorse Marquez Claxton in the Democratic primary for City Council in the 31st District.


Posted by: vote4claxton | August 31, 2009



Dear Marquez Claxton,

We are publishing a special issue of Fed Up New Yorkers five days before the primary. In it will be an editorial that endorses your candidacy. Our endorsement will be based primarily on the fact that you have mounted a serious challenge to a third-term incumbent. It is one of several council races in which we will make endorsements on that basis. It takes into account money raised, petition signatures acquired, endorsements, and factors peculiar to the district, including our judgment of the best person for the job. ..


Neil Fabricant, Publisher

Posted by: vote4claxton | August 27, 2009




                                                                                                               August 27, 2009 

                                                                                                                                                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Press Statement:   New York City Council candidate (31st District)- Marquez Claxton files an ‘order to show cause’ against the New York City Board of elections after they refuse to place his name on the absentee and military ballots. Following a successful defense of his ballot petition signatures and being placed on the ballot by Hon. Valerie Brathwaite Nelson, J.S.C. on August 17, 2009, the New York City Board of Elections is ignoring the court order that granted Marquez Claxton full ballot status.  Marquez Claxton states, “The Board of Elections printed and mailed absentee ballots and military ballots without my name on it.  Aside from blatantly ignoring the Judge’s order they are attempting to limit the choices of the constituents.  Their conduct borders on corruption and I will fight to insure that the people of the 31st District are not deceived by the dysfunction of the established political machinery. The New York City Board of Elections is not exempt from the law and they cannot be allowed to operate as a sovereign authority.  Whatever their ulterior motive may be I will not surrender my rights and the rights of my neighbors.”    


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Dem. Candidates For 31st Council Seat Speak Out
By Miriam Rosenberg

With the primary for the November elections just weeks away – September 15 – the time is right to take a look at those competing for the Democratic nomination for the 31st Councilmanic District seat in the New York City Council, which includes the east end of Rockaway.

The incumbent, James Sanders Jr., has five men challenging him next month – Marquez Claxton, Michael Duncan, Lou Grays, Jacques Lendre, and Fred Lewis. This week and next we will profile the challengers, in alphabetical order, and give you a chance to hear from the incumbent.

Marquez Claxton was born in Brooklyn and moved to Laurelton, Queens with his parents and sister in 1978. In 2005, he retired from the NYPD after serving 20 years and rising to the rank of detective.

He is a co-founder of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care and became involved in Rockaway issues when leaders from inside and outside Far Rockaway came together to develop strategies to stem the tide of violence during a rash of shootings at the end of 2006. Claxton lives in Laurelton with his two sons and wife, Yanet.

Among his many affiliations are the Public Safety Committee-Community Board 13 (Queens), ‘Gangs, Guns & Gainful Employment’ subcommittee of the New York State Democratic Conference – Operation S.N.U.G., and the N.A.A.C.P.

“The incumbent has not improved the quality of life throughout the district,” said Claxton, who pointed to increased unemployment, foreclosures, and inadequate services for youth and mediocre accommodations for seniors.

In a statement, Claxton told The Wave, “[Sanders] hasn’t improved transportation on the peninsula. The train stations aren’t even accessible to our seniors and handicapped unless they are prepared to make a daunting climb.”

There is no substantive business development or plan and he appears ill equipped to fight the reckless over-development that is plaguing our community. Finally, the current councilman showed disdain for the community by overturning the people’s desire to have an 8-year term limit for him, his colleagues and the Mayor.”

Claxton said, “I will establish a community priorities list and mobilize the entire district to achieve our goals of increased employment and opportunity – not just dead-end training, additional services for our youth and seniors, public/private partnerships in order to attract responsible businesses to parts of the district, legislation and advocacy to stem the tide of foreclosures, improved transportation services including added ferry service and equipment enhancements, enhanced environmental education so that we can capitalize on green job opportunities and protect our delicate eco-system, empowerment of parents in public education, additional respectful and responsive public safety service … [and] an increase in access to high quality health care with a focus on preventative services and edu- cation.” More on Claxton’s campaign can be found at http://p2.hostingprod.- com/ @MARQUEZCLAXTON.COM/- index.html.

Michael Duncan was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1963 and has lived in District 31 since 1995. In 1988, he graduated Baruch College with a B.A. in Business Administration. He served as chief of staff for Councilman Sanders from April 2007 to January 2009.

Duncan lists as some of his accomplishments – 15 years ago reviving the Rosedale Soccer Club for youngsters 5- to 19-years-of-age, serving as vice president for Education District 29 President’s Council, acting as PTA president of four schools on the mainland, spearheading the efforts to block the construction of a short-stay motel across the street from Springfield Gardens High School complex and instituting the Each One Support One concept of economic independence.

Over the years, Duncan has been active in community activities in the Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens sections of District 31, and lists the Federation of African, Caribbean and American Organization as an affiliation.

“I bring 15 years of volunteering and organizing to this district,” said Duncan in a statement. “I am the only candidate who will not be solely dependent on the City Council budget to solve our problems. That is why I created the Each One Support One Concept plan, which was designed to solve the problems of fragmented communities.

In this plan relationships are developed among residents and businesses for the purpose of bringing additional financial resources to our communities, whereupon proceeds from local businesses will be used to fund programs.”

He added, he would establish a community advisory board, made up of approximately 20 representatives from the district, which would hold monthly Town Hall meetings to inform residents and “where their voices will be heard on every given topic affecting the district.”

Like Claxton, Duncan also believes in term limits.

For more on Duncan, his campaign website can be found at http://michaelrduncan. com/index.html.

Lou Grays, a resident of Springfield Gardens, was born in Harlem and is married with six children.

“I worked for over 26 years at the New York City Board of Education,” Grays says on his website. “I was a high school teacher, a dean, a union delegate to the UFT, a school leadership team member, and a UFT chapter leader. I fought for students and teachers’ services, materials and equipment to which our students and teachers were entitled but the principals and superintendents would or could not deliver. I was awarded the UFT medal for recognition of service for my work.”

Grays says he is running for City Council because, “I want to protect our schools. I want to protect our children. I want to protect our neighborhoods.” For him, it is personal.

“My son owned a small barbershop,” Grays explains. “On October 3 of last year he was shot in the heart in an armed robbery in his barbershop. He died four days later on October 7, 2008.”

Grays was a member of the Advisory committee for the Atlantic Avenue extension and station plaza Projects for Community Board 12 where their “objectives were to inform the community regarding projects and potential employment and construction opportunities.”

He is also a member of the city board of A.C.O.R.N. and a state board member.

“We have rallied inside and outside the courthouse … [together] we have defended homes in Hollis and in Laurelton against foreclosure.”

We were not able to contact Grays directly, but his website can be found at

District 31 includes Far Rockaway, Arverne, Bayswater, Edgemere, Rosedale, Laurelton, and Springfield Gardens.


Claxton Survives Leandre’s Petition Challenges
By Miriam Rosenberg

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Marquez Claxton and Jacques Leandre at a candidate forum in Arverne earlier this year.

For the last few weeks the east end of Rockaway has had its own version of what happened in the west end’s special City Council election earlier this year – one candidate attempting to keep competitors off the ballot.

On Tuesday, after several court appearances over the last couple of weeks to fight challenges from the campaign of Jacques Leandre, Marquez Claxton was granted a place on the September 15 primary ballot for city councilman from the 31st District – which includes Far Rockaway, Arverne, Bayswater and Edgemere.

“They were claiming signatures were illegible and we had to do a line by line check,” said Claxton of the objections by the Leandre campaign.

Claxton also told The Wave he “had to get affidavits from several people that [stated] they did in fact sign my petitions.” He added that the Leandre campaign even subpoenaed one person who signed his petition.

“They were stalling for the past week and a half instead of acknowledging the signatures were good and ultimately they insisted on dragging things out,” continued Claxton.

In a press release, Claxton went on to say that, “The challenges to my petitions were not merely a threat to my aspirations, but an attempt by a lesser candidate to disenfranchise legitimate registered voters in the 31st District. The time and energy spent by my opponents to keep me off the ballot would have been better spent in developing a platform that speaks to the needs of the community.”

“What we now know is that our message and platform positions pose a threat to those who want business as usual in the 31st District. They failed to eliminate me from the ballot and they will fail at the voters booth.”

Claxton, a community activist and former police officer, told The Wave last month that he had handed in approximately 2,900 signatures – two thousand more than the 900 needed to be on the ballot.

“There are so many because of the level of support, that it far exceeded those needed and required,” said Claxton at the time.

He is one of the five Democrats challenging the incumbent, James Sanders Jr., in next month’s Democratic primary.

Following the July 16 deadline for filing of petitions with the Board of Elections to be on the September primary ballot, as written in last week’s Beachcomber column, Leandre tried to knock the majority of the Democratic candidates off the ballot. Initially, Claxton was taken off because he was, allegedly, short 33 qualified signatures on his petitions. Michael Duncan, Fred Lewis and Lou Gray overcame Leandre’s challenges.

When asked by The Wave for his reactions to Claxton being put on the ballot Leandre said, “I haven’t given it much thought because I’ve been focused on getting our message out to the residents of the 31st district. Notwithstanding, if the Board of Election and the Courts have determined that he has 909 valid signatures and he needed 900 signatures, we all respect the decision that was made and welcome him to the slate.”

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                                                                                                                                                      August 18, 2009 

Press Statement:   New York City Council candidate Marquez Claxton is placed on the ballot for the 31st Councilmanic District after overcoming challenges to his petition.  Candidate Marquez Claxton states, “The challenges to my petitions were not merely a threat to my aspirations but an attempt by a lesser candidate to disenfranchise legitimate registered voters in the 31st District.  The time and energy spent by my opponents to keep me off the ballot would have been better spent in developing a platform that speaks to the needs of the community.  What we now know is that our message and platform positions pose a threat to those who want business as usual in the 31st District. They failed to eliminate me from the ballot and they will fail at the voters booth.”  Marquez Claxton will continue his hectic, grassroots campaign schedule with much assistance by his endorsers, including but not limited to District Council 37 as well as individual locals 420 (Health and Hospitals Employees) & 371 (Social Services Employees Union), the Community Council of New York, The National Latino Officers Association, New York State Senator Eric Adams and New York City Councilmember Charles Barron.


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Omar Edwards shooter not indicted

Amsterdam News Staff

Published: Thursday, August 20, 2009 1:23 PM EDT

The white police officer accused in the shooting death of a Black officer during a so-called “friendly fire” incident will not be indicted. 


Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau announced Thursday that a New York County grand jury voted no affirmative action against Officer Andrew Dunton for the May 28 shooting of Officer Omar Edwards.

According to Morgenthau’s office, the grand jury heard from 20 police, medical and civilian witnesses along with examining 68 documents.

Edwards, 25, was in plain clothes when Dunton, 30, shot him. Edwards was chasing after a man who was attempting to steal items in his car. Edwards chased the man to 125th Street and First Avenue.

Plain-clothes officers from the 25th Precinct patrolling the area saw two men running down the street. Dunton saw that Edwards had a gun, not knowing he was an officer. The district attorney’s office reports that Dunton identified himself as an officer before firing six shots at Edwards. A bullet wound to the chest that penetrated his back killed him. When detectives arrived on scene, Edwards’ sweatshirt was cut open, revealing a police academy T-shirt.

Edwards had been on the force for 22 months and was married with two children.

Natalie Harding, Edwards’ mother, said Dunton should go to jail because he could do the same thing again. At a press conference earlier this week in front of her Ocean Hill home, Harding said she doesn’t want anyone else to go through what she’s experienced.

“I don’t want to see my son’s death go in vain,” she said.“ And neither would I like to see another mother suffering the way I am now.”

Also at the press conference, several groups, including 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement and the Latino Officers Association, called on Gov. David Paterson to conduct an independent investigation of the shooting.

Paterson created a task force that will look into the issue off friendly fire shootings involving the police. Marquez Claxton of the Black Law Enforcement Alliance said the decision was “disturbingly predicable.”

“It’s very troubling that every time this happens, people lose confidence in the justice system,” Claxton said. “You have individuals who are in authority to change the system.” Claxton is referring to Paterson, who he said previously authorized legislation calling for independent prosecution of police involved shootings while in the State Senate. Now that Paterson is governor, Claxton said, he’s not following through on previous decisions.

In 1999, then Senate Majority Leader Paterson protested during the Amadou Diallo shooting. Paterson was arrested for disorderly conduct along with the Rev. Al Sharpton. Nearly 10 years later, he condemned Sharpton’s massive citywide protest after the Sean Bell verdict, openly saying that he did not approve of the demonstration.

“The major problem is not police-on-police shootings. The bigger problem is the innocent shootings of Blacks and Latinos,” Claxton said. “There should’ve been a task force set up for that. Race is the real issue. The NYPD shouldn’t be investigating the NYPD.” In late June, Paterson established the Police-on-Police Shootings Task Force and said issues of race would be looked at. Harvard University criminal justice professor Christopher Stone chairs the task force.

“The primary objective of this task force is to ensure that no police officer falls victim to these circumstances ever again because the implications for our families and our communities are simply too devastating,” Paterson said.

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D.C. 37 local 420 President Carmen Charles congratulates Marquez Claxton on receiving their endorsement

D.C. 37 local 420 President Carmen Charles congratulates Marquez Claxton on receiving their endorsement



2009 News Releases

July 9, 2009
Zita Allen, Communications Director
Molly Charboneau
Rudy Orozco

DC 37, the city’s largest municipal employee union, endorses candidates for New York City Council and Staten Island Borough President races

The Executive Board of District Council 37, the city’s largest public employee union with 125,000 members and 50,000 retirees, voted to endorse the following candidates for the New York City Council and Staten Island Borough President races for the Tuesday, September 15th Democratic primary election. [See list below.]

The vote by the DC 37 Executive Board follows the recommendations of the DC 37 Screening Committee.

“The DC 37 Executive Board endorsed this list of very qualified candidates because of their proven record in support of the issues important to the men and women we represent who work so hard to serve New York,” said DC 37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts. “We firmly believe that these candidates will best represent the interests of the labor community of our city and our state. Our endorsement brings with it a pledge to work diligently on their behalf with our powerful, sophisticated field operations to get out the vote. We have a proven record of successfully supporting our endorsed candidates”.

Roberts added, “I want to thank the DC 37 Screening Committee and the DC 37 Executive Board for their hard work and deliberations throughout this election season and most especially for their selections of our endorsed candidates.”

District Council 37 is New York City’s largest public employee union, with 125,000 members and 50,000 retirees.


District Council 37 Endorsements
for the September 14th Primary, 2009
New York City Council
  1 PJ Kim (Gerson)
  2 Rosie Mendez
  3 No Recommendation (Quinn)
  4 No Recommendation (Garodnick)
  5 Jessica S. Lappin
  6 Gale A. Brewer
  7 Robert Jackson
  8 Melissa Mark-Viverito
  9 Inez E. Dickens
  10 Miguel Martinez
  11 G. Oliver Koppell
  12 Larry B. Seabrook
  13 James Vacca
  14 Fernando Cabrera (Baez)
  15 Joel Rivera
  16 Helen D. Foster
  17 Maria Del Carmen Arroyo
  18 Annabel Palma
  19 Jerry Iannece (Open Seat – Avella)
  20 S.J. Jung (Open Seat – Liu)
  21 Julissa Ferreras
  22 Peter F. Vallone
  23 Mark Weprin (Open Seat – Weprin)
  24 James F. Gennaro
  25 Helen Sears
  26 James Van Bramer (Open Seat – Gioia)
  27 Leroy G. Comrie, Jr.
  28 Thomas White, Jr.
  29 Karen Koslowitz (Open Seat – Katz)
  30 Elizabeth Crowley
  31 Marquez Claxton (Sanders)
  32 Frank Gulluscio (Ulrich)
  33 Stephen Levin (Open Seat -Yassky)
  34 Diane Reyna
  35 Letitia James
  36 No Recommendation (Vann)
  37 Erik Martin Dilan
  38 Sara M. Gonzalez
  39 No Recommendation (Open Seat – DeBlasio)
  40 Mathieu Eugene
  41 Darlene Mealy
  42 Charles Barron
  43 Vincent J. Gentile
  44 Simcha Felder
  45 Jummane Williams (Stewart)
  46 Lewis A. Fidler
  47 Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.
  48 Michael C. Nelson
Staten Island    
  49 Debbie Rose
  50 James Oddo (R)
  51 Vincent Ignizio (R)
R =Republican    



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