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Public Advocate Letitia James endorses Carlos Menchaca for City Council

August 11, 2017 By John Alexander Brooklyn Daily Eagle
NYC Public Advocate Letitia James (pictured) endorsed Councilmember Carlos Menchaca in his re-election bid during the Democrat's office opening rally. Photo courtesy of Carlos Menchaca

Public Advocate Letitia James threw her support behind incumbent Councilmember Carlos Menchaca (D-Sunset Park-Red Hook) in his District 38 re-election bid.

James’ support for Menchaca follows four recent endorsements from U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery (Fort Greene, Sunset Park, Gowanus and Park Slope), Brooklyn Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon (Brooklyn Heights) and New York City Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou (Lower East Side, Chinatown, South Street Seaport and Battery Park City).

At the grand opening of Menchaca’s new campaign headquarters on Aug. 5, James spoke to a crowd of more than 150 people.

“I don’t want just a win; I want a crushing victory,” James said. “Carlos Menchaca is dedicated to moving the people and neighborhoods of the 38th Council District forward, and building a stronger city for working families.”

James said that she was proud to have worked with Menchaca “to fight for tenants and affordable housing, to push for access to high quality education for all of our children, and to ensure our streets are safe for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike.”

She said she looked forward to working with him for another four years, “as we work to make New York City stronger for all.” 

James went on to thank other endorsers in attendance, including Councilmember Richie Torres, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez, Hotel Trades, DC37, 32BJ, LAMDA, Local 1814 and Si Se Puede.

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of Public Advocate James,” said Menchaca. “Her work for economic development, veteran’s and women’s issues have been vital to New York, and I look forward to continue to working with her for Brooklyn and all of New York City.”

Menchaca is facing challenges for his City Council seat from Assemblymember Felix Ortiz; Sara Gonzalez, whom Menchaca unseated in 201; Javier Nieves; Delvis Valdez; Chris Miao; and Green Party candidate Carmen Hulbert.

The Democratic primary election for City Council will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 12.


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