Brooklyn and Queens Council Members Stephen Levin, Michael Nelson, James Gennaro and Mark Weprin Are Latest in Growing List of 5-Borough Support for Christine Quinn for Mayor

Brooklyn Council Members Stephen Levin and Michael Nelson, together with Queens Council Members James Gennaro and Mark Weprin today endorsed New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor today, citing her proven, strong leadership and dedication to delivering results for New York’s hardworking families. More than dozen Council Member endorsers joined at today’s press conference, highlighting the broad array of support Quinn has garnered over the past several months.

“Christine Quinn is a proven leader and I am proud to support her for Mayor. As Speaker of the City Council, Christine Quinn has stood up for New York’s families when they needed it most. When thousands of children were at risk of losing their childcare and after-school programs due to budget cuts, it was Chris Quinn who intervened to save them. I’ve been proud to work with her on a number of issues that make a difference for real New Yorkers, like expanding access to kindergarten and lowering fines for small business owners,” said Council Member Levin.

“I’ve seen Chris Quinn go to bat for New York's middle class time and time again. Whether it was looking out for my district in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, or passing eight on-time, balanced budgets, she's worked to keep New York a city for all New Yorkers,” said Council Member Nelson. “She’s exactly the kind of principled progressive we need next year in the Mayor's Office.”

Council Member James Gennaro stated, “The word 'govern' is an action verb. Success in government is measured by actions, by accomplishment. Accomplishments do not come easily in this town — they require leadership. Great leaders have extensive records of accomplishment. Chris has such a record. She is such a leader. Chris is the leader that our city's middle class and small businesses need to make city government work for them. In my 30 years in city government, I know the difference between a proven leader who has moved our city forward, and candidates who offer little more than pretty word-pictures. I support action. I support leadership. I support Chris Quinn.”

“Speaker Quinn has always been a strong leader and an advocate for the middle class,” said Council Member Weprin. “I'm proud to support her campaign as the most qualified and dedicated candidate for mayor. Her experience and enthusiasm in working for New York is just what we need to make the city stronger and deal with the issues New Yorkers face.”

In addition to Council Members Levin, Nelson, Gennaro and Weprin, Council Members Maria del Carmen Arroyo, Inez Dickens, Julissa Ferreras, Karen Kozlowitz, Rosie Mendez, Annabel Palma, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Diana Reyna, Joel Rivera and Jimmy Van Bramer have endorsed Quinn.