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Former Public Advocate Mark Green Endorses Austin Shafran for Council
Progressive Leaders & Organizations Continue to Unite Behind Shafran Queens, NY— New York City’s first Public Advocate Mark Green today announced his endorsement of Austin Shafran for City Council, citing his history of public service and leadership on progressive issues. Green’s endorsement builds on months of positive momentum for Shafran, whose progressive middle-class advocacy has already earned him the broadest coalition of support from the city’s most politically active labor unions and progressive organizations, including the Working Families Party, 1199 SEIU, the Hotel Trades Council, 32BJ, the New York City Central Labor Council, Teamsters Joint Council 16, and CWA District 1. “From his early work for Congressman Gary Ackerman, Austin has proven himself to be a staunch ally of working families across New York,” said former NYC Public Advocate Mark Green. “With a record of standing up against damaging budget cuts and advocating social justice for millions of New Yorkers, Austin has been a big fighter for the little guy his entire career. When you combine his smarts, progressive values, personal energy, even discipline and athleticism, he'll be a leader for Queens and the entire City in the Council." “Mark Green’s prominent voice and unmatched advocacy on behalf of working families has changed lives and shaped the past and future of our city, helping countless people get the fair deal they deserve,” said Austin Shafran, candidate for City Council (CD-19). “When it comes to expanding opportunity for all New Yorkers, Mark Green and I see eye-to-eye. I couldn’t be more proud to receive his endorsement and am honored to continue his legacy of progressive leadership.” In addition to serving as New York City’s first Public Advocate, Mark Green has also authored Who Runs Congress and Losing our Democracy. A full list of Austin’s endorsements can be found at: www.austin4council.com/endorsements. 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. ###