New York:___Former Congressman Charles Rangel – one of New York City’s longest-serving representatives in Washington, D.C. and a trailblazing hero for people of color and lower-income New Yorkers – endorsed Eric Adams for mayor, calling Adams “a fighter, willing to stand up for the values that we New Yorkers believe in”.
Assembly Member Inez Dickens and Harlem’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Democratic Club also endorsed Adams. The Martin Luther King, Jr. club is the historic home of the “Gang of Four” black New York leaders, including Rangel, Mayor David Dinkins, Manhattan Borough President Percy Sutton and Secretary of State Basil Paterson.
“This has been a most challenging year for all communities. Due to the unexpected pandemic, families lost loved ones, jobs became non-existent, businesses were forced into closing and the economy of our great city has been shattered,” Congressman Rangel said. “At this critical moment for all New Yorkers, we need a mayor who has demonstrated in the past – but particularly during this horrific and difficult time when our great city must restructure its services – the belief in New York and our residents to initiate the changes required to rebuild our economy. I believe that Eric Adams is the person that has the knowledge and the strength to develop the best plan to begin New York City’s rebounding. Eric is a fighter, willing to stand up for the values that we New Yorkers believe in. I support Eric Adams for Mayor because I believe that he will guide all New Yorkers to a brighter future.”
“New Yorkers are suffering, but particularly all working people and people of color. We need a fighter who has lived our struggle and knows first-hand our experiences,” said Assembly Member Dickens. “I believe Eric Adams has the knowledge, energy and ideas to deliver a more prosperous, fairer city for all, leaving no one behind. Our city deserves the right leader and we need that leader NOW. I endorse Eric Adams for Mayor for all New York because he will represent all New Yorkers, and not just a few.”
“Eric Adams is who we need right now to take up the mantle of Black leadership and continue the fight against inequality on behalf of people of color,” said Martin Luther King, Jr. Club President Londel Davis, Jr. “As the historical home of the Gang of Four, it is our responsibility to help choose leaders who will stand up for New York’s underserved and deliver racial and economic justice for all—and Eric Adams will be that leader as mayor.”
“All black New Yorkers owe Congressman Rangel and the Gang of Four a debt of gratitude for their strength and leadership on behalf of people of color—and I am beyond honored to have the congressman’s support,” said Borough President Adams. “I am also proud to have the support of Assembly Member Dickens and the historic Martin Luther King, Jr. Democratic Club. It is critical that we continue their work to reverse the inequalities that still exist and lift up working people—and that is exactly what I will do as mayor.”
Adams has also been endorsed by the Hotel Trades Council, New York State Public Employees Federation, Bridge and Tunnel Officers Benevolent Association, and by a diverse group of local elected officials and leaders, including State Senators Roxanne Persaud and Andrew Gounardes; Assembly Members Jaime Williams and Erik Dilan; Council Members Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Laurie Cumbo, Darma Diaz, Farah Louis, Daneek Miller, Alan Maisel, Francisco Moya and Ydanis Rodriguez; former U.S. Representative Edolphus Towns; and former Bronx Deputy Borough President and longtime Assembly Member Aurelia Greene