Two of Manhattan’s representatives in Congress are endorsing Julie Menin in her campaign to become District 5’s next City Council member, citing her track record and experience in government.
Rep. Adriano Espaillat, whose district includes East Harlem, and Rep. Nydia Velazquez, whose district includes the Lower East Side, announced their endorsements Monday, joining Rep. Jerry Nadler in backing Menin for Council.
Menin is among six other candidates vying for the seat currently occupied by a term-limited Ben Kallos, who has been serving the Upper East Side since 2013. A three-time city agency commissioner, Menin has been a top contender since announcing her campaign in December – raking in both dollars and endorsements. Most recently, the candidate served as director of the city’s 2020 census effort, and it’s that experience that has won over her congressional support.
“I’ve known Julie Menin as a fighter for New York City residents when she ran the New York City Census and when she was Commissioner of Consumer Affairs. And it’s that type of champion that’s sorely needed on the next City Council,” Velazquez said in a statement. “I’m proud to endorse her candidacy in the 5th District because she’s got the experience to hit the ground running on day one – to deliver for her constituents on education, small business relief, equal justice, and so much more.”
Espaillat echoed Velazquez, expressing a desire to partner with Menin on policy if she’s elected to the Council.
“Julie Menin has long been an ally in the fight for more affordable housing, better public transportation, and improved public education. I know she’ll continue that leadership on the City Council and I’m proud to endorse her,” said Espaillat.
Menin thanked the representatives, saying she looked forward to working with the pair to “bring our economy back and help residents return to normal again.”
The Democratic primary election is set to take place on June 22.