endorsement 2014

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For Immediate Release: June 24, 2014  
For Information Contact: Allen Roskoff, aroskoff@mac.com 917-553-7180



New York, NY – The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club announced its endorsements for this year’s Democratic Party primary. 

Allen Roskoff, Club president, said, “Zephyr Teachout embodies the progressive ideals of the Jim Owles Club and has articulated a vision of economic equality for all New Yorkers. Her bold ideas, including reducing the prison population by granting clemency to those too harshly sentenced are being ignored by the powers that be. Teachout believes that people in prison who pose no threat to others and have shown genuine remorse for their actions should be returned to their loved ones. Governor Cuomo has been heartless in his refusal to grant anyone in prison clemency.” 

“We have serious issues with Cuomo’s treatment of unions and their membership,” Roskoff continued. “We disagree with him on charter schools and his refusal to allow New York City to raise the minimum wage and to increase taxes on the wealthy. Cuomo’s watered down version of allowing for the ridiculously limited use of medical marijuana is something you would expect in Texas. Maybe Governor Cuomo needs a map, because he certainly appears to have lost his moral compass on some key issues.” 

“While we recognize the governor’s role in achieving marriage equality, we are not a single issue organization. We expect a sizable portion of the LGBT establishment and political organizations will endorse Cuomo, as they did Christine Quinn. We believe, however, that the community is to the left of these organizations – as was proven in last year’s mayoral race. At this point in the mayoral race, Quinn had the most money and was far ahead in the polls. History has been known to repeat itself.” 

The club also endorsed candidates for State Comptroller, State Attorney General, State Senate, State Assembly and United States Congress. 

Governor : Zephyr Teachout 
Comptroller : Tom DiNapoli 
Attorney General : Eric Schneiderman 

New York State Senate 

11th  John Liu, Queens 
12th  Michael Gianaris, Queens 
13th Jose Peralta, Queens 
14th Leroy Comrie, Queens
19th Dell Smitherman, Brooklyn
20th Rubain Dorancy, Brooklyn 
22nd James Kemmerer, Brooklyn 
*23rd Diane Savino, Staten Island, Brooklyn
24th Gary Carlse, Staten Island 
27th Brad Hoylman, Manhattan 
28th Liz Krueger, Manhattan 
29th José M. Serrano, Manhattan, Bronx 
31st Robert Jackson, Manhattan
33rd Gustavo Rivera, Bronx 
34th Oliver Koppell, Bronx 
36th Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Westchester, Bronx 

New York State Assembly 

24th David Weprin, Queens 
39th Francisco Moya, Queens 
42nd Rodneyse Bichotte, Brooklyn 
51st  Ceasar Zuniga, Brooklyn 
52nd Jo Anne Simon, Brooklyn 
59th  Roxanne Persaud, Brooklyn
61st Matt Titone, Staten Island 
64th Marybeth Melendez, Staten Island 
65th Sheldon Silver, Manhattan 
70th Keith Wright, Manhattan 
71st Herman Farrell, Manhattan 
72nd Gabriela Rosa, Manhattan 
73rd Dan Quart, Manhattan 
75th Richard Gottfried, Manhattan 
76th Rebecca Seawright, Manhattan 
77th Sherrise Palomino, Bronx 
79th Michael Blake, Bronx 
86th Victor Pichardo, Bronx   

United States Congress 

6th Grace Meng, Queens 
7th Nydia Velázquez, Brooklyn, Manhattan 
8th Hakeem Jeffries, Brooklyn 
10th Jerry Nadler, Manhattan, Brooklyn 
11th Domenic Recchia, Staten Island, Brooklyn 
12th Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn 
13th Charles Rangel, Manhattan, Bronx 
15th José Serrano, Bronx

* The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club believes that the Independent Democratic Caucus has caused a great deal of harm to the state’s ability to pass progressive legislation and has done a great deal of damage regarding tenant protections and rent regulations, which disproportionately impact the working poor.  We believe that the IDC is the cause of the state’s failure to pass the GENDA legislation and to outlaw Conversion Therapy of LGBT youth. To this end, we will expend resources to defeat Senators Jeff Klein and Tony Avella. While we did endorse the uncontested re-election of Senator Diane Savino, whose commitment to progressive principles has been steadfast, we deeply regret Senator Savino’s membership in the IDC.




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