Friday, February 8, 2013

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio Endorses Andrew Cohen for Council

   New York City Public Advocate (and announced candidate for mayor) Bill de Blasio today has endorsed candidate Andrew Cohen in his bid for the City Council’s 11th district seat. The announcement was made Friday in front of the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center in the Norwood section of the district in the northwest Bronx.

“I know that Andrew is the right person to make our neighborhoods an even better place to live, work, and raise a family,” de Blasio said. “His commitment to helping his community is strong, and I know he will fight for the ideals that I care about in the City Council. I am proud to endorse Andrew Cohen in the race for the 11th City Council district.” This was only an endorsement of 11th council candidate Andrew Cohen, and not a cross endorsement.

Mr. Cohen has already been endorsed by Congressman Eliot Engel, State Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, City Councilmembers Oliver Koppell and James Vacca and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (who like de Blasio is running for mayor in the September Democratic primary).

“I am proud to receive the endorsement of our Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio, who has been a strong fighter for the people of New York City,” Cohen said. “We are standing outside the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center, an outstanding organization that effectively serves both our youth and our seniors. As Chairman of Bronx Community Board 8’s Aging Committee and former Chair of Board 8’s Youth Committee, I know the importance of wonderful institutions like these and appreciate all they do for our community. Once elected, I plan to work very closely with Mosholu Montefiore and other community organizations that have such a strong and positive affect on our neighborhood.” 

Left - below - Public Advocate and 11th council district Andrew Cohen stand outside the Mosholu Montifiore Community Center as de Blasio explains why he has chosen to endorse candidate Andrew Cohen in the 11th council district. 
Right - above - The pair listen to MMCC director Don Bluestone explain his frustrations about some of the mandates of the Bloomberg administration, and how  MMCC has been cut back on or lost needed programs to the community.

Left and Right - Cohen and de Blasio say hello to the seniors who are at MMCC to get a much needed meal and more.

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