Shafran, Weprin to endorse each other’s campaigns

Austin Shafran and David Weprin will endorse each other in their races for City Council and comptroller, respectively.
The will make the announcement at 3 p.m. today in northeast Queens.
More than 15 years ago, Shafran took a job with Weprin while the latter was serving his own stint on the City Council.
“He is an experienced and trusted leader and a valued member of our Queens community,” the current assemblyman said of Shafran. “He will make a terrific City Council member, one who will put the needs of his constituents first because he understands them and will fight each and every day for them.”
While on the City Council, Weprin served as chair of the Finance Committee, and Shafran said he watched firsthand as he guided the city through that fiscal crisis.
“There is no one I would rather have as our fiscal watchdog to help restore and rebuild our economy from the COVID crisis,” said Shafran. “From investing our pension funds to municipal bond and city contract oversight, David has decades of experience that I trust to protect the interests of my family and families like ours across the city.”
Shafran has already picked up dozens of endorsements in his big to replace Paul Vallone on the City Council.
They include Shafran has already secured the endorsements of the New York City Central Labor Council, 32BJ, Hotel Trades Council (HTC) District Council 37, NYS Nurses Association (NYSNA), Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 1, and Teamsters Local 237, 817 and 831, and the United Federation of Teachers, as well as the support of State Senator John Liu and the Queens Democratic Party.