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Endorsement Watch: Brooklyn DA race; De Blasio racks them up

by Daniel Stein-Sayles, Jun 17, 2013

U.S. Reps. Hakeem Jeffries and Yvette Clarke have endorsed Kenneth Thompson for Brooklyn district attorney.

Thompson, a former federal prosecutor, is running against incumbent Charles Hynes, who is seeking his seventh term in office. Abe George, a former prosecutor for the Manhattan district attorney’s office, is also running for the seat.

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm endorsed Republian Joe Lhota for mayor at a press conference on Staten Island today, the Daily News reported.

Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, the public advocate, announced endorsements from state Sen. James Sanders, of Queens, and Educational Justice PAC, comprised of parents and residents.

Sanders Jr. represents the 10th district that encompasses many neighborhoods in southeast Queens that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

U.S. Representative Grace Meng and Assemblyman Ron Kim have endorsed Paul Vallone in his bid for City Council.

Vallone is among the crowded field of Democrats vying to replace scandal-ridden Councilman Dan Halloran in the 19th district.

These are important endorsements for Vallone because 18 percent of Democratic voters in the district are Asian-American, the Daily News reports. Meng and Kim are both Asian.

The other candidates in the race are Democrats John Duane, Paul Graziano, Austin Shafran, Chrissy Voskerichian and Hank Yeh; and Republican Dennis Saffran.

—Maya Miller, Daniel Stein-Sayles, Latima Stephens

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