City Council member Margaret Chin and State Sen. Daniel Squadron came to Sara D. Roosevelt Park yesterday to endorse each other.
Afternoon rain showers interfered with the photo-op, staged at the entrance of the Hester Street Playground. But Chin, running for re-election, and Squadron, hoping to become New York’s next Public Advocate, were undeterred. Standing under a tent, Squadron talked up his partnership with Chin during the past three years, highlighting their joint enthusiasm for the Seward Park Mixed-Used Development project, which is finally moving forward after languishing for decades. “For both of us we are so proud we could be part of that after so many years,” he said. Squadron praised Chin for “her deep and sincere caring an excitement that (she) brings to the job.”
For her part, Chin emphasized the teamwork necessary from her office, as well as that of Senator Squadron and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, to enact New York City’s first permit system for interstate buses. The city/state legislation – following a deadly bus crash in the Bronx – demonstrated, Chin said, that ‘something good can come from tragedy.” Chin said Squadron is “full of compassion and enthusiasm and is very bright and very eager to do good in our community.”
Chin and Squadron were joined by a handful of local activists, including Community Board 3 Chairperson Gigi Li (she was representing herself, not the board).
Chin is facing a challenge from Jenifer Rajkumar, a young district leader on the West Side, who has been emphasizing her support in Chinatown. A couple of weeks ago, she invited reporters to a news conference alongside Paul Ng, the president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, one of Chinatown’s oldest civic groups. The organization does not make endorsements, but Ng posed for photos with both candidates during separate “meet and greet” events.
Squadron has represented the 26th Senate District, which includes Lower Manhattan and sections of Brooklyn, since 2008. In the Public Advocate campaign, he faces opposition from Council member Letitia James, Reshma Saujani, a former deputy public advocate, and Catherine Guerriero, a professor. A recent poll showing James leading the race and Squadron in third place with 8% of the vote, surprised a lot of political insiders. Saujani has already attracted high profile Asian support, winning the endorsements of U.S. Rep. Grace Meng and City Council member Peter Koo.
The Democratic Primary takes place September 10.