The endorsements for Queens district attorney candidates

Melinda Katz.
Melinda Katz.
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Melinda Katz.

The endorsements for Queens district attorney candidates

Who’s backing whom in a rare competitive race for district attorney.
May 6, 2019

When Queens District Attorney Richard Brown died on Friday after almost three decades in office, a number of legal-minded Queensites were already in the thick of a race to replace him.

All seven Democrats running in the primary are pushing for progressive reforms, to one degree or another. So the endorsements of political organizations, labor unions and elected officials are sure to help signal to voters what kind of candidate they’ll be casting their ballot for on Tuesday, June 25.

State Attorney General Letitia James and New York City Public Advocate-elect Jumaane Williams both had the most major endorsements in their most recent elections. Time will tell if influential backers will play the same role for Queens DA, likely the single most competitive race in New York City this summer. And with Queens’ overwhelming Democratic enrollment advantage, the winner of the primary is essentially guaranteed to win office in November.

We scoured press releases, social media and candidates’ websites to compile the list of endorsements, which is accurate as of May 6.

Organizations: Amplify Her NYC, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Make the Road Action, NYC Democratic Socialists of America, New Queens Democrats, New York Progressive Action Network, No IDC NY, One Queens Indivisible, Our Progressive Future, Our Revolution, People for Bernie, Queens United Independent Progressives, Real Justice PAC, Rockaway Revolution, Vocal New York Action, Working Families Party, Citizen Action

Public figures: State Sens. Jessica Ramos, Gustavo Rivera, Julia Salazar and Luis Sepúlveda, New York City Council members Brad Lander, Jimmy Van Bramer, and former gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon


Organizations: Jamaica Bangladesh Friends Society, New American Voters Association, Queens County Democratic Party, South Asian Democratic Alliance 

Labor: 32BJ SEIU, CWA Local 1180, International Union of Elevator Contractors Local One, New York Hotel Trades Council, SMART Transportation Division, Teamsters Local 237, Uniformed EMT's Paramedics and Fire Inspectors Local 2507, Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, Uniformed Fire Officers Association Local 854

Public figures: Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Gregory Meeks and Tom Suozzi; state Sens. Joe Addabbo and Leroy Comrie; Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.; Assembly members Jeffrion Aubry, Vivian Cook, Andrew Hevesi, Alicia Hyndman, Stacey Pheffer Amato and David Weprin; New York City Council members Adrienne Adams, Peter Koo, I. Daneek Miller, Donovan Richards and Paul Vallone


Organizations: Rockaway Youth Action Fund

Labor: Allied Printing Trades Council of NY, NJ, CT; Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local Union #1, District Council 1707, IBEW Local #3, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 1, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 891,Local 94 Operating Engineers; RWDSU; Teamsters Local 813, Workers United NY/NJ Regional Joint Board, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

Public figures: State Sen. James Sanders; Assembly members Catherine Nolan and Daniel Rosenthal; New York City Councilman Antonio Reynoso; former state Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, police reform advocate Gwen Carr, police reform advocate Valerie Bell


Organizations: Asian American Congress

Labor: Heat & Frost Insulators Local 12, Lieutenants Benevolent Association, New York City Fire Marshals Benevolent Association, New York State Court Clerks Association, New York State Supreme Court Officers Association, MTA Police Benevolent Association, Sheet Metal Workers Local 28, 


Public figures: Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, former Assemblyman Luis Diaz


Organizations: American Pakistani Public Affairs Committee

Public figures: Karl Racine, attorney general for the District of Columbia; criminal justice scholar Angela J. Davis; civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump


Jeff Coltin
is a staff reporter at City & State. He covers New York City Hall.
Maggie Garred
is an editorial intern at City & State.