Shafran Leads the Field, Raises Almost $90,000 In 4 Months
Becomes the first candidate to max out for the Democratic Primary in thefewest daysNortheast Queens, NY
- Austin Shafranannounced today having raised over $87,000 sincelaunching his candidacy for City Council just four months ago. Through a diverse coalition of grassroots support, Shafran outpaced all other candidates and became the first to max out for theDemocratic Primary in the shortest amount of time. Included in the money Shafran raised is$27,000 in small-dollar contributions from NYC residents, nearly doubling the amount needed toearn the maximum public matching funds for the Democratic Primary alone.Following a steady stream of endorsements from the labor community, including recentendorsements by the Working Families Party, the NYC Central Labor Council, and 32BJ SEIU,Shafran has demonstrated widespread and unified support from many of the city’s most prominent labor unions. Taken together with his continued early fundraising success, Shafran is building considerable momentum ensuring he will have the resources to run a strong campaignoperation.
Austin Shafran, candidate for City Council (CD-19)
, “The support for our campaign to restore and revitalize New York’s middle-class is growing by the day. Localfamilies, business leaders, and labor unions are coming together behind our fight to break thestatus quo logjam and build a city government that works better for working families. Thestrength of this filing shows that our middle-class-first message is resonating with voters whowant immediate change and lasting results.”The filing includes 495 individual contributions and represents the great diversity of the 19
Council District. In addition to having exceeded the threshold for in-district contributions, theaverage contribution has been just $176, showing that Shafran has developed a deep grassrootscoalition of support.Throughout his career in public service over the past decade, Shafran has worked in the city,state, and federal levels of government, helping enact policies and legislation to improve thelives of seniors, children, women, working families and businesses.Shafran most recently served in Governor Cuomo’s Administration as Vice President of PublicAffairs for the state’s economic development agency, where he played a significant role inexecuting the Governor’s aggressive job growth and small business development agenda. In thiscapacity, Shafran helped to foster the growth of tens of thousands of new jobs and local businesses, while helping reduce the tax burden on middle-class families to its lowest rate inalmost 60 years through fair share tax reform.