"Last night's victory is a victory for independent politics and democratic values. It is a victory for the voters who knew exactly what was at stake in this election. Now, more than ever, an independent fighter is needed to get things done for all the communities in the diverse 7th District. I intend to do what I have done for the last 20 years, and that is fight for our families and continue to defend affordable housing, green spaces, small businesses and our immigrant communities."
I am proud to announce that President Obama, Governor Cuomo, Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, NY Assembly Speaker Silver, Mayor Ed Koch, and Former Bronx BP Fernando Ferrer, among others, plus the NY Times, NY Post, NY Daily News, El Diario, Amsterdam News and local papers throughout the boroughs, have all endorsed my re-election.
The challenge now is to let the voters in my newly drawn district know what the President of the United States, all of New York's top national and state elected officials and NY's premier newspapers said. With only days left, we don't have much time left to get the word out.
President Obama said: "For the past two decades, Rep. Nydia Velázquez has been a constant advocate for middle-class families... [She] has worked tirelessly to create good middle-class jobs ... provide affordable housing ... and invest in education... The people of NY's 7th Congressional need to re-elect Rep. Velázquez so that she can keep fighting for them in Congress."
Governor Cuomo said: "Nydia is one of New York's strongest advocates in Washington and she has proven time and again that she gets things done. Whether it is bringing much needed federal dollars for public housing, education and our green spaces or leading the charge to pass the Dream Act in the House, she can always be counted on to deliver results."
Senator Schumer said: "Nydia has been a great partner in Washington...From the landmark appointment of Sonia Sotomayor to saving affordable housing for thousands...to leading the charge on the Dream Act. I am proud to stand with her today and look forward to many more years of fighting together for New Yorkers."
Senator Gillibrand said "We need more women's voices at the decision making table in government...While I have been encouraging more women to consider running for office themselves, it is equally important that we send extraordinary women like Nydia back to Washington."
The critical things you can do:
Volunteer on or before Tuesday's Democratic Primary.
Forward this email to 3 friends especially if they live in the new 7th Congressional District.
Vote to re-elect me on Tuesday, June 26, 2012!
Thank you for all that you do.
Nydia M. Velázquez
Member of Congress
For immediate release: June 22, 2012
Governor Cuomo Endorses Nydia Velázquez for Reelection to Congress
"I am proud to endorse Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez for reelection to Congress.
"Nydia is one of New York's strongest advocates in Washington and she has proven time and again that she gets things done. Whether it is bringing much needed federal dollars for public housing, education and our green spaces or leading the charge to pass the Dream Act in the House, she can always be counted on to deliver results.
Nydia is also a fierce fighter for her community and a strong voice promoting Democratic values in Congress. She has worked hard to provide access to quality health care for all and to protect women's reproductive rights. And during these challenging economic times, she has fought for job creation and extending unemployment benefits for those struggling to find work.
"I urge all Democrats in the 7th Congressional District to vote in next Tuesday 's primary to re-elect Nydia Velázquez to Congress."
Press Release: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. & Fernando Ferrer Back Congresswoman for Reelection
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 21, 2012
New York, New York -Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer today endorsed Nydia Velazquez for reelection to Congress in NY-7.
"I am proud to endorse my friend Nydia Velázquez for reelection to the US Congress," said Borough President Diaz, Jr. "She is an inspiring leader for the Latino community and has always been on the front lines of some of the most important issues facing our country and city. Her work in Congress has helped to grow our economy, not just in the Bronx but across the City. Her support for quality education, working families and responsible immigration policies makes her the clear choice for NY-7."
"Nydia is an icon for strong Latina leaders both in Washington and New York," said former Borough President Ferrer. "She is historic for being the first Puerto Rican woman elected to congress and, 20 years later, is still loved and admired for all the amazing work she's done for New York. It is crucial that we keep Nydia in Congress to continue fighting for the working families that are the backbone of our city."Read more »
For immediate release: June 20, 2012
Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz, State Senator Squadron, Assembly Members Brennan & Millman, City Councilman Lander, Along With District Leaders Endorse Nydia Velazquez For Reelection.
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La primaria demócrata del martes decidirá esta elección. Si vive en Sunset Park, Williamsburg o Bushwick, en Brooklyn; Fresh Pond o Woodhaven, en Queens; o en la zona de Loisaida, en el bajo Manhattan; le urgimos a que salga a votar por Nydia Velázquez."
"In the 7th CD, which includes parts of Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan, Rep. Nydia Velazquez is facing her first serious primary challenge after 20 years in Congress.
The reason? She refuses to kowtow to Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez, who is so offended that he’s running one of his sock puppets, City Councilman Erik Martin Dilan, against her.
Dilan claims Velazquez is anti-Israel. She’s responded with endorsements from such stalwart supporters of Israel as Ed Koch, Sheldon Silver and Jerrold Nadler.
Frankly, we’d be hard pressed to come up with even a scanty list of issues on which Velazquez agrees with us. But anyone who gives Vito Lopez that much agita can’t be all bad. The Post endorses Rep. Velazquez."- From Wednesday, June 20, 2012 The New York Post: New York Post Editorial -Two more for Congress
"There really is no serious choice.
Come next Tuesday, June 26, Democratic voters in the new 7th Congressional District should endorse Nydia Velazquez for a return to Congress."
From Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - The Brooklyn Daily Eagle - OPINION - Why I'm supporting Nydia Velazquez, by Henrik KrogiusRead more »
In a year when Americans are looking to elect leaders committed to rebuilding the middle class, MoveOn’s members in New York’s 7thCongressional District voted to endorse Rep. Nydia Velázquez for her proven track record fighting for working families in Congress. MoveOn members cited her consistent efforts to expand affordable housing, help small businesses, and create jobs in the district.Read more »