New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has received endorsements from two of the city’s most prominent Democratic activists, Victor and Sarah Kovner, both of whom have been mainstays of the New York City fundraising world for over 20 years.
In a statement, both Victor and Sarah highlighted Quinn’s legislative victories, including the recent compromise on paid sick leave legislation, as part of the reason for their support.
“We have known and admired Chris for many years,” the Kovners said. “In our view, she is clearly the most experienced candidate to lead the city in the future given her extensive experience and responsibility as speaker of the City Council for the last seven years. She has proven that she is a progressive on a wide range of issues from protecting a woman’s right to choose, the rights of minorities within our city, and just recently, to her support for paid sick leave for almost one million New York City workers. We are proud to say that we are active in support of her candidacy.”
Interestingly, Victor, a partner at the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine and former New York City Corporation Counsel under Mayor David Dinkins, donated to the campaign of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio in 2009. Sarah, a former special assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services during the Clinton administration, donated to Bill Thompson’s mayoral campaign in 2009. Thompson and de Blasio are two of Quinn’s Democratic rivals for mayor.