Supporters endorse Assemblyman Blake for Public Advocate

Public Advocate Candidate Michael Blake Announces First Set of Endorsements in Campaign for Public Advocate. Photo credit: Michael Blake for NYC

On Wednesday, Michael Blake held a press conference rolling out his first set of endorsements from supporters across the city in his campaign for Public Advocate, including:

  • Assembly Member Tremaine Wright, 56th District (Bed Stuy)
  • Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, 76th District (Upper East Side, Roosevelt Island)
  • Assembly Member Jeff Aubry, 35th District (Jackson Heights)
  • Maya Wiley – Henry Cohen Professor at the Milano School & Senior Vice President, The New School
  • Rev. Dr. Raymond Rivera, President and CEO, Latino Pastoral Action Center
  • Nathalie Molina Niño, Author of LEAPFROG: The New Revolution of Women Entrepreneurs
  • Aaron Carr, Founder, Housing Rights Initiative
  • David Banks, President & CEO, Eagle Academy Foundation
  • Akeem Browder. Founder, Kalief Browder Foundation and Social Justice advocate
  • Charles Cooper, United African Coalition
  • Mohammed Rashid, South Asian community leader in Queens
  • Sam Clarke, Chairman, Better Life For Our People, NY Chapter

In her endorsement, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright said “Assembly Member Michael Blake will bring to the position of Public Advocate a powerful voice, a unique set of skills honed in New York City, Albany, and Washington, D.C, and a deep commitment to hold city institutions accountable to all of our communities.

In his endorsement, Charles Cooper, stated “We, the United African Coalition, stand with Assemblyman Michael Blake in his bid for NYC Public Advocate. He’s a proven leader with a vision for justice and economic vibrancy. At this point in the city’s history, we want a leadership that can deliver.”

“Michael Blake will bring the public advocate’s office into the 21st century by implementing a proactive, effective, and data driven approach. Our broken housing enforcement system needs a watchdog who understands that systematic problems require systematic solutions. Someone with a track record of fighting to preserve affordable housing in New York City. Michael has the ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness to elevate the office to the next level” – Aaron Carr

Rev. Raymond Rivera stated “As a lay minister and public servant, Assemblyman Blake has proven himself to be a powerful voice for the people of New York City and a true doer of the word. Regarding the public policy issues facing our communities, from Affordable Housing to the responsible closing of Rikers Island, Michael Blake’s voice has always been there. I fully support Michael’s candidacy for New York City Public Advocate.”

Assemblyman Blake was recently re-elected to represent the 79th District in The Bronx for a third term. In Albany, he helped lead the efforts creating the first and only statewide My Brother’s Keeper education program in the country and helped lead the charge to Raise The Age of criminal responsibility.

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