Domenic Recchia Endorses Christine Quinn With a Nod to Hurricane Sandy

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

This afternoon, Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s mayoral campaign officially announced Coney Island Councilman Domenic Recchia’s endorsement, presenting it as validation of her leadership in neighborhoods across the city that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

“I am thrilled to support her bid for Mayor,” Mr. Recchia said in a statement. “After Superstorm Sandy hit, she was one of the first people on the ground in my district, as well as Staten Island and the Rockaways, meeting with community leaders, small business owners, and families who were devastated by the storm. When she wasn’t on site, she was working around the clock to ensure that those impacted would have the resources necessary to rebuild, and that the City would become more resilient to future storms. In times of crisis, New York needs steadfast leadership; that is exactly what Christine Quinn brings to the table.”

The endorsement doesn’t come as a surprise as Mr. Recchia, the chair of the Council’s influential Finance Committee, has been a loyal Quinn ally. Nevertheless, it’s the latest in what has been a small string of endorsements from the city’s politicians; Ms. Quinn previously rolled out the support of Manhattan Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Queens Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan.

Overall, most elected officials have been mum on their mayoral preferences, with some council members telling DNAinfo they feared retaliation in the upcoming budget if they endorsed one of her rivals in this early stage. Ms. Quinn denied any such threats exist.

Regardless, another Democrat in the race, Comptroller John Liu, has secured the support of Councilman Charles Barron, a staunch Quinn antagonist, and Councilman Peter Koo, who represents Mr. Liu’s old district in the City Council.

Mr. Recchia is seeking to challenge Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm next year.

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