The endorsements for Queens district attorney candidates

Melinda Katz.
Melinda Katz.
A Katz/Shutterstock
Melinda Katz.

The endorsements for Queens district attorney candidates

Who’s backing whom in a rare competitive race for district attorney.
April 10, 2019

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown is stepping down after almost three decades in office, and a number of legal-minded Queensites are eager to replace him. All seven Democrats running in the primary are pushing for progressive reforms, to one degree or another. So the endorsements of political organizations, labor unions and elected officials are sure to help signal to voters what kind of candidate they’ll be casting their ballot for on Tuesday, June 25.

State Attorney General Letitia James and New York City Public Advocate-elect Jumaane Williams both had the most major endorsements in their most recent elections. Time will tell if influential backers will play the same role for Queens DA, likely the single most competitive race in New York City this summer. And with Queens’ overwhelming Democratic enrollment advantage, the winner of the primary is essentially guaranteed to win office in November.

We scoured press releases, social media and candidates’ websites to compile the list of endorsements, which is accurate as of April 10.

Organizations: Amplify Her NYC, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Make the Road Action, NYC Democratic Socialists of America, New Queens Democrats, New York Progressive Action Network, One Queens Indivisible, Our Progressive Future, Queens United Independent Progressives, Real Justice PAC, Rockaway Revolution, Vocal New York Action, Working Families Party, Citizen Action

Public figures: State Sen. Julia Salazar, New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, former gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon


Organizations: Jamaica Bangladesh Friends Society, New American Voters Association, Queens County Democratic Party, South Asian Democratic Alliance 

Labor: 32BJ SEIU, CWA Local 1180, International Union of Elevator Contractors Local One, New York Hotel Trades Council, SMART Transportation Division, Teamsters Local 237

Public figures: Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Gregory Meeks and Tom Suozzi; state Sen. Leroy Comrie; Assembly members Jeffrion Aubry, Vivian Cook, Andrew Hevesi, Alicia Hyndman, Stacey Pheffer Amato and David Weprin; New York City Council members Adrienne Adams, I. Daneek Miller and Paul Vallone


Organizations: Rockaway Youth Action Fund

Labor: Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local Union #1, District Council 1707, IBEW Local #3, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 891,Local 94 Operating Engineers, Teamsters Local 813, Workers United NY/NJ Regional Joint Board, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

Public figures: State Sen. James Sanders; Assembly members Catherine Nolan and Daniel Rosenthal; New York City Councilman Antonio Reynoso; former state Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, police reform advocate Gwen Carr, police reform advocate Valerie Bell


Organizations: Asian American Congress

Labor: Heat & Frost Insulators Local 12, Lieutenants Benevolent Association, New York City Fire Marshals Benevolent Association, New York State Court Clerks Association, New York State Supreme Court Officers Association, MTA Police Benevolent Association, Sheet Metal Workers Local 28, 


Public figures: Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, former Assemblyman Luis Diaz


Organizations: American Pakistani Public Affairs Committee

Public figures: Karl Racine, attorney general for the District of Columbia; criminal justice scholar Angela J. Davis; civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump


Jeff Coltin
is a staff reporter at City & State. He covers New York City Hall.
Maggie Garred
is an editorial intern at City & State.