New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has announced his endorsement of Joe Lazar for City Council in the special election to fill the soon-to-be vacant seat in Brooklyn’s 44th Council District.
“I am proud to support Joe Lazar for City Council,” said de Blasio. “Joe is an exceptional leader with a long proven track record of securing services and funding for his community in essential areas like health care, education and affordable housing.”
“I am honored to receive Public Advocate de Blasio’s endorsement in this special election for City Council,” said Joe Lazar. “I believe that an elected official’s most important job is to be the public’s advocate. The fact that Bill de Blasio, the person who all the people of New York City chose to be our advocate, is endorsing my candidacy, I believe speaks volumes about what I aim to achieve in the City Council. No one will fight harder for the residents and businesses of Borough Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst than I will.”
Even though Mayor Bloomberg has not yet officially declared the special election to fill Councilman Simcha Felder’s seat, who is resigning to become a Deputy Comptroller, Joe Lazar is already compiled a long list of formidable endorsements from elected officials, including Congressman Edolphus Towns, Assemblyman Dov Hikind, Assemblyman, Peter J. Abbate, Jr. Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, State Senator Kevin S. Parker, Councilmember Matthieu Eugene and Councilmember Brad Lander.
Though Lazar is a first-time candidate for office, he is a veteran of city and state government. He was one of the early members of Community Board 12 (appointed in 1972 by then City Councilman Howard Golden), and chair of CB 12’s budget committee. He has also served as NYC Regional Director of the NYS Office of Mental Health and Budget Director for the NYC Department of Buildings. In these various important economic positions, Lazar successfully brought hundreds of millions of dollars of funding into his community.