State Assemblymember Danny O’Donnell Endorses Christine Quinn for Mayor

(August 28, 2013) – Today, State Assembly Member Danny O’Donnell representing the 69th Assembly District in Manhattan’s Upper West Side and West Harlem endorsed Christine Quinn to be the next Mayor of New York City. O’Donnell, the first openly gay man elected to the New York State Assembly and prime sponsor of the state’s 2011 same sex marriage law cited Quinn’s record of advocating for the city’s LGBT community and tenants as well as her relentless work on combating bullying in the city’s schools.

“Since day one, Chris Quinn has always stood up for the LGBT community and I know she will continue to do so as our city’s next mayor,” said O’Donnell. “Whether it was pushing for state passage of same sex marriage, passing legislation to outlaw discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression or working with the city’s Department of Education to create one of the most expansive anti-bullying programs in the nation, Chris has always made helping the city’s most vulnerable New Yorkers a priority. 

“But it’s not just on civil rights issues for LGBT New Yorkers that Chris has delivered,” added O’Donnell.  “She has been a fierce advocate for tenants rights, from her work at the Housing Justice Campaign to her passage of landmark laws like the Safe Housing and Tenant Protection Acts.  Her innovative plan to build 40,000 new middle-income affordable apartments and make new housing construction permanently affordable are key to keeping working families in our City, especially in districts like mine.”

Upon receiving O’Donnell’s endorsement, Quinn stated, “I’m honored to have the support of Assembly Member O’Donnell, one of the great progressive voices in this City.  I had stood with Danny time and again on issues facing New Yorkers – whether its his successful leadership of the same sex marriage law or his advocacy for tenants or his work on education. I am proud to have him standing with us in this campaign.” 

O’Donnell’s support is latest in a string of high-profile endorsements from elected officials, groups and prominent members of the LGBT community such as Former State Senator Tom Duane, Tim Gunn, Edie Windsor, Stonewall Democrats, the Victory Fund, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assembly Members Matt Titone and Deborah Glick and Council Members Rosie Mendez, Jimmy Van Bramer and Rosie Mendez.