New York State Assembly Member Daniel J. O’Donnell today announced his enthusiastic endorsement of Elvin Garcia for the City Council open seat in District 18.
“Elvin is a gifted individual with a passion for bringing a voice to the South Bronx,” said Assembly Member O’Donnell. “His work at the Mayor’s office helped bridge gaps between historically marginalized and underrepresented groups and the City government. I have no doubt that Elvin will bring an innovative and fresh voice to the City Council.”
Assembly Member O’Donnell has served in the New York State Assembly since 2003, serving as Chair of the Committee on Corrections for four years and Chair of the Arts Committee since January. The Assembly Member has sponsored trailblazing legislation like the Marriage Equality Act, Raise the Age, and the repeal of 50-A, which shields the release of police officers disciplinary records. The Assembly Member’s work against bullying based on race, ethnicity, gender and identity in New York was realized through the Dignity for All Students Act, which has provided much-needed protections for students in New York City, and across New York State.
“The best leadership for the South Bronx is in Elvin Garcia,” said Assembly Member O’Donnell. “He is a lifelong resident, deeply committed to the place he has always called home. His perspective, experience and resolve will be the driving force of his success in the City Council. I strongly endorse Elvin for City Council District 18.”
Elvin Garcia, former Bronx Borough Director for the Mayor’s office and lifelong South Bronx resident, is running for the open seat in City Council District 18.
“I’m honored to have Assembly Member O’Donnell’s endorsement,” said Garcia. “Assembly Member O’Donnell has been a trailblazer in the LGBT community. As a member of the LGBT community, the Assembly Member’s work has impacted my life in so many ways. I am deeply honored by his endorsement in particular.”