But there’s only so many endorsements to go around, and that is especially true this year with hundreds of candidates looking to fill empty seats across New York, from City Council seats to the mayor’s office.
And some candidates are digging deep, going beyond the usual union endorsements (although there are plenty of those too, as the article on Austin Shafran on page 23 proves), so many are turning to elected officials and other individuals for their backing.
Let’s take a look at some recent examples of people backing people.
On Monday, Borough President Eric Adams traveled to Whitestone to pick up the endorsement of Congressman Tom Suozzi, as well as the Italian American PAC. “We cannot afford to take a risk on who leads our city at this critical moment,” said Suozzi. “We need to elect Eric Adams for mayor of New York City.”
The I AM PAC also recently endorsed Assembly David Weprin for city comptroller.
On Saturday, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who is running for Queens borough president, toured small businesses in Downtown Flushing with John Choe, executive director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce and a candidate for City Council in the same neighborhood.
Since they just happened to be together, we guess they decided, “hey, why not endorse each other?” So they did!
Choe announced his endorsement of Van Bramer for borough president, and Van Bramer announced he, in turn, was endorsing Choe for City Council. It sure would have been awkward if he hadn’t.
It would be like telling someone you love them and they respond, “that’s nice,” and then they send out a press release telling the world how much you love them. Or something like that.
Last week, former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout endorsed Councilman Antonio Reynoso for Brooklyn borough president. But she’s not the only former gubernatorial candidate endorsing Reynoso, as Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon also endorsed the councilman.
It looks like Reynoso has the former gubernatorial candidate vote locked up.
Ellen Young, the former Flushing assemblywoman who is now running for City Council, may win the award for most random endorsement. Last week, she announced she was being endorsed by Dr. Henry Lee, who is apparently a forensics and criminology expert who has helped solve more than 8,000 cases worldwide.
And Julie Won, who is running for City Council for the seat being vacated by Van Bramer, announced that she had been endorsed by two state representatives in overlapping districts, although none of their districts actually overlap with the one that Won is running in.
Even so, she has the backing of both State Senator John Liu and Assemblyman Ron Kim.
As the major endorsements begin to dwindle, we look forward to even more people backing people in the months ahead.