Parts of southeastern Queens may have bucked the county’s Democratic establishment in various races this year, but in the contest for public advocate, at least some local officials are falling into line.
In an announcement involving a whole host of pols, Congressman Gregory Meeks and Assemblyman William Scarborough, both legislators hailing from the borough’s predominately black neighborhoods, endorsed Girls Who Code Founder Reshma Saujani as their pick to replace outgoing Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
“Reshma understands the struggles many families in South East Queens are facing, and as a private citizen she is already working with advocates in our community on solutions,” Mr. Meeks said in a statement.
“At a time when too many of our politicians think of business in terms of big business, Reshma knows that small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy,” Mr. Scarborough added.
Overall, the contingent of southeast Queens elected officials has not been afraid to buck the county’s Democratic leader, Congressman Joe Crowley, in their endorsements this year. In the Queens borough president’s race, for instance, southeastern Queens Councilman Leory Comrie is pushing onward even though Mr. Crowley backed former Councilwoman Melinda Katz for the job. And in the mayoral election, Mr. Meeks and several district leaders are supporting Bill Thompson, the sole black candidate in the race, over the county’s pick, Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Local State Senator James Sanders endorsed Mr. de Blasio over Ms. Quinn as well.
In addition to Mr. Scarborough and Mr. Meeks, Ms. Saujani was also endorsed by Assemblyman Mike Simanowitz, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, Assemblyman David Weprin, Assemblyman Francisco Moya, Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, Councilman Mark Weprin, Councilman James Gennaro and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras. Most of them typically follow the famously unified county organization’s lead.
State Senator Daniel Squadron, Councilwoman Letitia James and educator Cathy Guerriero are also vying to be the city’s next public advocate as well.