Standing in front of the Brooklyn Museum on Thursday, City Council members Brad Lander, Antonio Reynoso and Carlos Menchaca announced their endorsement of Myrie, who is challenging State Senator Jesse Hamilton in central Brooklyn.
Like other backers, the lawmakers cited Hamilton’s defection to the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference, which shared power in the State Senate with Republicans, for their decision.
“No space and no time for fake Democrats,” Reynoso said. “We need real true-blue Democrats.”
The north Brooklyn councilman said Democrats will need to strengthen rent laws, protect women’s reproductive rights and extend the speed camera program when they return next session.
Lander, who endorsed Hamilton in 2014, said Myrie represents the change that Brooklyn wants.
“It’s just as plain as day,” he said. “We are not getting the leadership we need from the State Senate.”
He added that Myrie has the “courage and the smarts” to take leadership on issues that matter.
“In Zellnor Myrie, we have someone who shares our values and we know he’ll be committed to them,” Lander said.
Myrie pointed to Lander and Reynoso’s leadership in the Progressive Caucus of the City Council as an example of what can be accomplished when progressives lead..
“We have seen what happens when a legislative body is controlled by not just Democrats in name, but by real Democrats,” he said. “These council members have led the way on issues that are important to central Brooklyn.”
The challenger added that the Brooklyn pols will join him while campaigning in neighborhoods, subways and parks.
“Wherever there is a voter, they will be there as well,” Myrie said.