Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Assembly Member Micah Kellner Endorsed By Roosevelt Island's Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and City Council Member Jessica Lappin In 2013 Race For NYC Council District 5 Seat In Manhattan

Roosevelt Island's Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and NYC Council Member Jessica Lappin threw their support to Roosevelt Island Assembly Member Micah Kellner in the 2013 Democratic Party Primary election to succeed Ms Lappin as NYC Council Member for Manhattan's 5th City Council District which includes Roosevelt Island.

Ms. Maloney (at microphone) with Mr. Kellner and Ms Lappin (far right) during August 2011 Protest of possible RI Post Office Closing

According to this press release received yesterday from the Micah Kellner Democrat for City Council Campaign:
Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney and Council Member Jessica Lappin threw their support behind Democratic State Assembly Member Micah Kellner in the race for the 5th City Council District seat in Manhattan. These are the first endorsements by elected officials in the race to succeed Council Member Jessica Lappin, who is running for Manhattan Borough President.

Congresswoman Maloney said, “Micah Kellner is an independent voice who has fought for our community and gotten results. Whether it is helping our 9/11 first-responders receive the health care coverage they deserve, working with parents to create three new elementary schools to help relieve overcrowding in our classrooms, or pressuring the MTA to implement more stringent air quality regulations during the construction of the 2nd Avenue subway, Micah makes a difference when it matters most. He has the dedication to public service that our community and our city deserve. I’m proud to endorse him.”

City Council Member Jessica Lappin said, “I wholeheartedly endorse Micah Kellner for City Council. I have been honored to represent the 5th District for the last seven years and know he will make an outstanding Council Member for our community. Micah is an independent and thoughtful leader. One example of his success was passing a landmark law to protect New Yorkers with chronic and life-threatening diseases from prescription drug price gouging at the hands of insurance companies. His experience, creativity and accomplishments give Micah the best qualifications to be our next City Council Member. I look forward to voting for him and will be proud to call him my Council Member.”

Assembly Member Kellner said, “I’m proud to have the support of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Council Member Jessica Lappin. I’m excited to have the opportunity to serve in the City Council and continue working alongside these two dynamic and effective leaders on behalf of our community. ”

Maloney and Lappin are the first elected officials to endorse in this race, adding their names to Kellner’s list of early supporters, which also includes the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1500. The 5th Council District covers Sutton Place, Yorkville, the Upper East Side, Roosevelt Island and parts of El Barrio.

Since 2007, Micah Kellner has represented the Upper East Side, Yorkville and Roosevelt Island in the New York State Assembly. He chairs the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology, and serves on the Committees on Banks; Cities; Consumer Affairs and Protection; and Racing and Wagering. During his tenure in office, Micah has received numerous awards for his vocal advocacy on behalf of the disabled, his work on children’s issues, LGBT equality and animal rights. A graduate of New York University, Micah lives in Yorkville with his wife Marie and their two rescue dogs, Harvey and Betty White.
Also running for the Democratic Primary nomination for the 5th District are Ben Kallos and Hill Krishnan.

As reported previously, Mr. Kellner and Ms. Maloney earlier endorsed Ms. Lappin in her race for Manhattan Borough President.