City Council member Alan Gerson's campaign announced three new endorsements today. Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, the National Organization for Women and the Social Service Employees Union (Local 371) have decided to support Gerson's bid for a third term. In a statement, Koch said:
Alan Gerson has a superb record of protecting and rebuilding his district, home of Ground Zero on 9-11, and advocating for his borough and the City. He went directly to the Port Authority to protect his constituents from the necessary but dangerous noise from the construction at the World Trade Center site and helped pass Clean Air legislation, another legacy of the 9-11 attack. He’s been a leader in creating new parks and open space and ensuring park improvements, including the wonderful renovation to Washington Square Park in my neighborhood. He’s worked hard to preserve affordable housing in a fast gentrifying community, to build new schools and to provide more and better services to seniors. He’s built a reputation as a City Council Member with good values and a strong work ethic. It’s a pleasure to endorse Alan J. Gerson for another term representing District 1 in the New York City Council.
Gerson faces four opponents in the September 15th Democratic Primary: Margaret Chin, Pete Gleason, Arthur Gregory and PJ Kim.