Ruth Messinger, Liz Holtzman, Liz Abzug, Jackie Rowe-Adams, Ronnie Eldridge and more launch Women for Chris

Today, former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, former Congresswoman and New York City Comptroller Liz Holtzman, President of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute Liz Abzug and gun control advocate Jackie Rowe-Adams joined dozens of women from across New York City to endorse Christine Quinn for mayor of New York and officially kick off ‘Women for Chris.’ The announcement included the rollout of almost 1,000 women from all five boroughs who have pledged their support for Speaker Quinn’s bid to become New York City’s next Mayor.

Included in the list of almost 1,000 women who have announced their support for Chris Quinn are former City Council member Ronnie Eldridge, actor Whoopi Goldberg and author Anna Quindlen. The group adds to the Speaker’s robust support from female leaders and organizations, including Emily’s List, the Women’s Campaign Fund, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and feminist icon Gloria Steinem.

Highlighting Speaker Quinn’s lifelong record fighting for women and families, New York City’s women leaders proudly stood in front of the Eleanor Roosevelt Statue on the UpperWest Side in a rally in support of Quinn for Mayor.

"Chris has repeatedly brought together members of diverse constituencies and interests to get things done for the middle class families in this city,” said former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger. “She knows how to negotiate, how to find solutions that will work and how to build coalitions. That is precisely what we need the next Mayor to do.”

"My mother once said 'The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be thearrangement of your chromosomes.' Well, today I am proud to support Christine Quinn for Mayor, not because she is a woman, but because she has been, and will be, an effective advocate for all New Yorkers,” said President of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute Liz Abzug. “Chris has the experience we need to govern the biggest City in nation. With the help of strong, experienced, effective, caring leaders like Chris Quinn, and the young women of today that we see rising in our trainings at the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, I am so hopeful for our City.”

“As a former Comptroller, I know how important it is to have someone with a keen financial mind in charge of the city’s purse strings. As Speaker, Christine has worked with resolve and a deep understanding to negotiate seven on-time, balanced budgets. She’s made tough choices, and even in tough times she saved libraries, senior centers and firehouses, and prevented thelayoff of over 4,000 teachers,” said Liz Holtzman, former Congresswoman and NYC Comptroller. “I stand here today proud to endorse the best candidate in the race, who happens to be a woman.”

“A lot of politicians talk about strengthening communities, but Speaker Quinn has proved she has a bold vision and the tenacity to actually get it done,” said Jackie Rowe-Adams, gun control advocate. “I am honored to support her as she continues to fight for a brighter, more prosperous New York.”

“When I covered the Koch administration as a reporter, it was an article of faith that New York was ungovernable. Ed Koch showed that a pragmatic progressive could bring the city out of bankruptcy and move it forward,” said author Anna Quindlen. “That’s why he threw his support to Chris Quinn, and why I’m delighted to do so as well. We New Yorkers know that first and foremost we need a leader who can make things work. Electing the first woman mayor of New York City will be historic, but only if she succeeds in making government serve us all. Chriswill do that.”

“I am proud to be supporting the candidate I feel most represents the heartbeat of this great city—Christine Quinn,” said actor and comedian Whoopi Goldberg.

“Chris Quinn is a true trailblazer, always pushing for a city whose economy will work for everyone—this means more affordable housing, more early childhood educational opportunities, fair wages for all its workers and sustainable development for all communities," said former City Councilmember Ronnie Eldridge.

“I have been surrounded by extraordinary women my entire life who taught me perseverance, dignity and the value of hard work,” said Speaker Christine Quinn. “I couldn’t be more proud to join these remarkable women from across all five boroughs committed to moving New York City forward. Women are essential to strengthening the middle class and the key to ensuring prosperity for future generations of New Yorkers.”