Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Working Families Party Endorses Bill De Blasio for Public Advocate...

First Endorsement for Grassroots Party in 2009 Races

NEW YORK – The Working Families Party announced today the endorsement of Councilmember Bill de Blasio for New York City Public Advocate, noting his career-long leadership on the issues that matter to working people. Brad Lander was also endorsed in the race for de Blasio’s Brooklyn Council seat.

“Bill has spent his life taking on and winning the tough fights,” said Bob Master, Working Families Party Co-Chair. “Whether it is making sure our schools get their fair share of funding, workers have the right to join a union, or big developers build affordable housing, Bill de Blasio has always been there for working families when it counts.”

Master continued: “There are a lot of great candidates in this race, but Bill de Blasio is a cut above when it comes to sticking up for regular New Yorkers – and that’s what the Public Advocate job is all about.”

“In this city, there’s no more consistent voice for the middle-class and no bigger grassroots force than the Working Families Party, and I’m incredibly proud to have their support,” said Bill de Blasio. “Together, we can make sure that even in America’s biggest city the voice of the public is heard in the halls of power.”

The endorsement of de Blasio came after a two-thirds majority vote by the WFP’s New York City Coordinating Council.