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Shafran Leads the Field, Raises Almost $90,000 In 4 Months, Becomes the first candidate to max out for the Democratic Primary in the fewest days

Shafran Leads the Field, Raises Almost $90,000 In 4 Months, Becomes the first candidate to max out for the Democratic Primary in the fewest days

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Northeast Queens, NY - Austin Shafran announced today having raised over $87,000 since launching 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 the Democratic 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 to earn the maximum public matching funds for the Democratic Primary alone.
Northeast Queens, NY - Austin Shafran announced today having raised over $87,000 since launching 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 the Democratic 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 to earn the maximum public matching funds for the Democratic Primary alone.

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For Immediate Release: May 14, 2013 Contact: Nathan Smith | 718-612-4453 | njsmith74@gmail.

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Shafran Leads the Field, Raises Almost $90,000 In 4 Months
Becomes the first candidate to max out for the Democratic Primary in the fewest days Northeast Queens, NY - Austin Shafran announced today having raised over $87,000 since launching 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 the Democratic 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 to earn the maximum public matching funds for the Democratic Primary alone. Following a steady stream of endorsements from the labor community, including recent endorsements 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 campaign operation. Austin Shafran, candidate for City Council (CD-19) said, “The support for our campaign to restore and revitalize New York’s middle-class is growing by the day. Local families, business leaders, and labor unions are coming together behind our fight to break the status quo logjam and build a city government that works better for working families. The strength of this filing shows that our middle-class-first message is resonating with voters who want immediate change and lasting results.” The filing includes 495 individual contributions and represents the great diversity of the 19th Council District. In addition to having exceeded the threshold for in-district contributions, the average contribution has been just $176, showing that Shafran has developed a deep grassroots coalition 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 the lives of seniors, children, women, working families and businesses. Shafran most recently served in Governor Cuomo’s Administration as Vice President of Public Affairs for the state’s economic development agency, where he played a significant role in executing the Governor’s aggressive job growth and small business development agenda. In this capacity, 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 in almost 60 years through fair share tax reform.

A former semi-professional baseball player, Shafran has volunteered to coach little league and mentor young players in local youth sports organizations in our community. For more information about the campaign and to get involved, please visit www.austin4council.com. ###

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