Williamsburg

Reynoso says he’s backing Nixon for governor

July 6, 2018 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Actress-activist Cynthia Nixon accepts an endorsement from Councilmember Antonio Reynoso in Williamsburg. Photo courtesy of Cynthia for New York

Progressive gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has picked up a second major endorsement from a Brooklyn member of the City Council. On July 5, Councilmember Antonio Reynoso (D-Bushwick-parts of Williamsburg) announced that he is backing her bid to unseat incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Nixon, who is challenging Cuomo in the Democratic primary on Sept. 13, had previously won the endorsement of Councilmember Carlos Menchaca (D-Sunset Park-Red Hook).

On Thursday, Nixon and Reynoso stood side by side in front of John D. Wells Middle School in Williamsburg and talked about education reform and affordable housing. Reynoso is a graduate of the school.

“Her strong record of fighting for fair funding for schools and improved housing and transportation are just some of the reasons why I’m supporting her candidacy,” said Reynoso, who is the co-chairperson of the City Council’s Brooklyn delegation. “She is standing up to the status quo which has failed to deliver, and standing alongside all New Yorkers.”

Nixon rose to fame in the 1990s as an actress co-starring with Sarah Jessica Parker in the landmark HBO series “Sex and the City.” She is a longtime education activist who announced earlier this year that she would run for governor.

Reynoso praised Nixon’s commitment to provide state funding to establish 500 new schools that would also serve as community centers.

In June, Nixon unveiled “Educate NY,” a plan to overhaul the state’s education system from early childhood to college. The plan includes expanding early childhood learning programs and providing college-bound students from low-income families with the opportunity to attend college for free.

“We must commit to fully funding our schools, and providing bold solutions that harness the power of the community. I am honored to receive the endorsement of Antonio today and look forward to fighting alongside him for schools not jails,” Nixon said.

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