Park Slope

Carroll gets Working Families Party nod

July 1, 2016 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Assembly candidate Robert Carroll has picked up several key endorsements in recent weeks. Photo courtesy of Carroll’s campaign
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The man whose Assembly seat he wants to take has already given him his blessing. And now state Assembly candidate Robert Carroll has earned the endorsement of the Working Families Party (WFP) in his bid to succeed longtime lawmaker James Brennan.

The WFP backing is the latest endorsement that Carroll, a lawyer, has garnered in the race.

Earlier, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Leticia James, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez, state Sens. Velmanette Montgomery and Daniel Squadron, Assemblymembers Jo Anne Simon, Felix Ortiz and Walter Mosley and former Assemblymember Joan Millman all announced their support for Carroll.

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Also in Carroll’s corner are Councilmembers Brad Lander and Antonio Reynoso and former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

Carroll, a Democrat, is running for the Assembly seat in the 44th Assembly District (AD), a seat that Brennan has held for 32 years. The 44th AD includes Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and parts of Kensington.

Brennan announced in early June that he will not run for re-election. He serves as the chairman of the Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions and is a member of the Codes, Education and Real Property Taxation committees.

He made the announcement on his Facebook page. “I am writing to let you know I will not be seeking re-election to the New York State Assembly after thirty-two years in office. I am deeply grateful for the support you have shown me during this time and it has been an honor and an inspiration to be in public service,” he wrote in an open letter he posted to his page.

Brennan has endorsed Carroll to succeed him. “He is a progressive lawyer and was the youngest president of the historic reform Democratic club, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats. He is a member of Community Board 7, the Windsor Terrace Food Co-op and the Park Slope Civic Council. He is a founder of the Brooklyn Reform Coalition, grew up in Kensington, and has the commitment, vigor and intelligence to maintain the tradition of independence and integrity in politics and public service,” Brennan said. 

“The Working Families Party is proud to endorse Bobby Carroll for the 44th Assembly District. Our members and affiliates believe that Bobby is the best choice to lead the fight for reform so that Albany finally puts working families first. That includes standing up for our public schools, fighting for affordable housing, reforming our criminal justice system and instituting real campaign finance reform,” said Bill Lipton, New York state director for the WFP.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of the WFP and such a diverse group of reform-minded public servants,” Carroll said. “As a community activist dedicated to reforming our local and state government, I look forward to the opportunity to represent the 44th Assembly District in Albany.”


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