Gary Ackerman Backs John Liu

Staff Writer

As September draws near, the State Senate race for District 11 continues to heat up, this time with some big endorsements.

Former U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (left) endorsed John Liu for State Senator.

Former U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (left) endorsed John Liu for State Senator.

On July 22, former U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman announced his endorsement of John Liu for the seat held by State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Ackerman joins U.S. Reps. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) in support of Liu’s bid.

“His unwavering commitment to the people of New York and his relentless work ethic make him the ideal person to bring real Democratic leadership back to District 11 and Albany. And his experience and track record as Councilmember and Comptroller means the people of District 11 will finally get the real results that they deserve from their Senator,” Ackerman said. “I’m excited to help John get to Albany, where he’ll fight to make New York a better place to work and live.”

In response, Liu said he was honored to receive the Congressman’s endorsement.

“I’m proud to receive the endorsement of such a distinguished public servant who has always been a true champion for the people of Queens,” he said. “We will take on the Senate status quo and finally deliver real changes that will improve the lives of working families.”

Ackerman joins other elected officials in Queens who have backed Liu, including Borough President Melinda Katz and all of the other representatives that overlap with the contested territory.

The only exception is U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville), who backed Avella’s re-election bid.

“He partnered with me on combating airplane noise, fighting for our veterans and standing up for New York’s middle-class families,” he said. “I’ve seen firsthand his relentless work ethic and dedication to his district.”

Avella also received the backing of Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this year.

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