U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has endorsed Daniel Squadron for public advocate, giving the state senator’s campaign a boost in the packed Democratic primary.
This is the first time Schumer has endorsed in the city’s pivotal elections, and his support for Squadron carries considerable weight among fellow Democrats.
"Daniel has a proven record of getting results for everyday New Yorkers. From passing landmark new gun laws to rolling up his sleeves to help New Yorkers impacted by Sandy, he knows how to deliver,” Schumer said in a statement earlier today.
Squadron is up against Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani, City Councilwoman Letitia James and former teacher Catherine Guerriero for the Democratic nomination. Others registered for the race with the city’s Campaign Finance Board include police community affairs liaison Sidique Wai.
While the office of public advocate is sometimes maligned for being a powerless position, it is a citywide office and can bring the officeholder name recognition. The public advocate’s main responsibility is serving as a watchdog for residents in city government, but also can introduce legislation and weigh in on matters of the budget. The current officeholder is Bill de Blasio, who is running for mayor.
Squadron also received the endorsement of fellow state Sen. Adriano Espaillat yesterday. Espaillat represents Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. Espaillat highlighted Squadron’s support of the DREAM Act in his endorsement.
"Daniel is committed to passing the DREAM Act, so all New Yorkers have the opportunity to go to college,” Espaillat said in a statement.
By Daniel Stein-Sayles