BREAKING: Fernando Ferrer and Ydanis Rodriguez Back Yetta Kurland for City Council
Chelsea, New York. August 5, 2013 — Yetta Kurland, Civil Rights attorney and candidate for City Council, announced the endorsements of Fernando Ferrer, former Bronx Borough President and City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez today. At a rally in the Elliot Chelsea housing in the 3rd City Council District, Ferrer cited Kurland’s strong advocacy for ordinary New Yorkers as the impetus for his endorsement. Councilmember Rodriguez spoke of Kurland’s long record of accomplishments and her ability to work with members of City Council to advocate for her community.
"The wealthy and powerful will always have a seat at the table in the City of New York ," said Ferrer. "What impresses me about Yetta Kurland is her ability to stand up and speak out for ordinary New Yorkers who get left out in the cold. Whether you talk about same-sex marriage, equal pay for women, paid sick leave, or ending the stop-and-frisk policy, Yetta has been there, showing leadership, intelligence and compassion. And while some people talk, Yetta organizes and gets things done. We need more like her."
"Yetta has a long record of accomplishments in her community, but she is also well known outside of her community for building bridges and working with others," said Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez. "Yetta will get things done at City Hall without compromising her principles. I have worked closely with Yetta over the years, and I look forward to having her in City Council. There is no one better to represent the great residents of District 3."
"I am thrilled to win the support of both these leaders, who are gentlemen in an age where many politicians are not. Fernando Ferrer has been a powerful voice for affordable housing, economic justice and common sense on City Council, in the Bronx Borough President’s office, at the Drum Major Institute and at the Campaign for Fiscal Equity,” said Kurland. “And Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez has been a role model for me when it comes to being a progressive reformer working from inside, and bringing a bottom-up leadership to the City Council. It would be an honor to work with alongside him and serve my community.”
Ferrer served on the City Council from 1982 to 1987 and as Bronx Borough President from 1987 to 2001. Over that time, he created housing for more than 60,000 families. The Bronx experienced a significant drop in crime and improved in business and investment under his leadership. In 2005, Ferrer became the first Latino to win the Democratic nomination for Mayor. He also served as president of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, a progressive think tank dedicated to economic and social justice; as a board member for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity; and as acting chair of the board of the Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Ydanis Rodriguez was born in the Dominican Republic , emigrated to New York , and was elected to the City Council in 2009. He chairs the Higher Education Committee. Rodriguez has drawn notice for his refusal to accept “lulus,” or cash stipends doled out by the Council leaders. He has prioritized his legislative work in education and affordable housing.
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