Jo Anne Simon has a growing list of progressive leaders and groups endorsing her candidacy to become Brooklyn’s first woman Borough President, including:
NY State Senator Velmanette Montgomery endorses Jo Anne Simon
I’m thrilled to endorse Jo Anne for Brooklyn Borough President. I’ve know Jo Anne as a community activist, a reformer unafraid to take on bullies, and as a partner in government fighting for social justice. Her bills to reform our campaign finance laws, prevent gun violence, and ensure education equity show she can get results.
Senator Montgomery’s career includes tireless advocacy for youth, public education, criminal justice reform, environmental preservation and civil rights.
US Congressman Jerry Nadler endorses Jo Anne Simon
Thrilled to endorse my friend Jo Anne Simon to be the FIRST woman Borough President of Brooklyn. She is the fearless advocate for justice and equality that Brooklyn needs. Jo Anne has proven herself to be a strong leader in our community, speaking out against discrimination, hate and inequality, and enacting groundbreaking legislation on gun violence prevention, education equity, climate change, disability rights, and more.
US Congressman Jerry Nadler represents New York’s 10th Congressional District.
NY State Senator Andrew Gounardes endorses Jo Anne Simon
Senator Gounardes represents the 22nd district, which encompasses the neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Gravesend, Gerritsen Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Marine Park in Southern Brooklyn.
NY State Senator Brian Kavanagh endorses Jo Anne Simon
Jo Anne and I have worked together to sponsor extensive reforms that improve the lives of New Yorkers. We passed a major campaign finance reform bill to close the notorious “LLC Loophole” and halt anonymous unlimited donations that unduly influence politics. We helped prevent gun violence and firearm tragedies by passing New York’s “Red Flag Law” which is among the strongest laws of its kind in the nation. I’m thrilled to endorse her.
Senator Kavanagh represents the 26th district in the New York State Senate, which includes the western part of Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan.
Dr. Una S.T. Clark endorses Jo Anne Simon for Brooklyn Borough President
As a fellow Brooklynite, I’ve witnessed her dedication towards building community and success passing bills on education reform and gun violence prevention. Jo Anne will relentlessly fight for equal rights for women and people of color, better educational opportunities, improved public safety, and a better, more vibrant borough for all of us.
Dr. Una S.T. Clarke, former Councilmember (40th CD – Brooklyn) is the first Caribbean-born woman elected to the New York Council.
US Congressmember Nydia Velázquez Co-Endorses Jo Anne Simon as her second choice for Brooklyn Borough President
Jo Anne Simon has fought for the well-being of Brooklynites for decades – as a legislator, disability civil rights lawyer and community advocate. We have worked together to fight pollution and climate change, protect healthcare, and ensure that the community has a seat at the table in issues that impact their lives.
US Congressman Nydia Velázquez represents New York’s 7th Congressional District.
The United Federation of Teachers endorses Jo Anne Simon
The United Federation of Teachers is the labor union that represents most teachers in New York City public schools.
Assemblymember Robert Carroll endorses Jo Anne Simon
Robert Carroll represents the 44th District in the New York State Assembly, and is a member of many community organizations like the Windsor Terrace Food Coop and the Park Slope Civic Council.
New York Amsterdam News endorses Jo Anne Simon
Jo Anne Simon has been an advocate all of her career for those who often have not had a voice. She enjoys being with the public… She has a vision and a plan for the office and we endorse her for Brooklyn borough president.
The New York Amsterdam News published its first edition in 1909 and since then has become one of the most important Black newspapers in the country.
NY State Assemblymember Diana Richardson endorses Jo Anne Simon as her second choice for Brooklyn Borough President
Jo Anne has made her home in Brooklyn for over 40 years, and she has a well-earned reputation as an effective community leader. Jo Anne has worked with all of Brooklyn’s diverse communities to change the way decisions are made and make the system respond to people’s needs. She has fought to increase environmental justice, create affordable housing, promote street safety and provide better access to education.
Diana Richardson represents the 43rd Assembly District in Brooklyn, featuring the communities of Crown Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Wingate and Flatbush.
Assemblymember Peter Abbate endorses Jo Anne Simon
I’ve admired Jo Anne Simon’s dedication to Brooklyn and the hardworking people who make the borough the great place it is today. I’m thrilled to see her step up to lead Brooklyn at this critical time. I’m proud to endorse Jo Anne for Borough President. It’s high time Brooklyn put a woman leader in office, and I’m confident our borough couldn’t ask for a better one.
Peter J. Abbate Jr. represents District 49 in the New York State Assembly, which consists of the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Borough Park, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights, Sunset Park and Bensonhurst.
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York endorses Jo Anne Simon
Jo Anne Simon is a fierce and effective defender of sexual and reproductive rights, the LGBTQ+ community, and all New Yorkers who face barriers to essential health care. Brooklyn needs bold leadership to revitalize the borough and combat the issues that so many Planned Parenthood patients face every day including food insecurities, poor housing conditions, and racial injustice. Jo Anne is a proven leader who helped pass the Reproductive Rights Act, enact pro-LGBTQ+ laws, and has fought against fake crisis pregnancy centers. PPGNY Votes PAC is proud to endorse her for Brooklyn Borough President.
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York offers a wide range of services in-person at our health centers or via telehealth.
Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz endorses Jo Anne Simon
In the Assembly, Jo Anne and I have passed extensive reforms together to improve the lives of New Yorkers, including rent relief and protections for rent-stabilized housing.
Steven Cymbrowitz represents the 45th District in the New York State Assembly, and is the Chair of the Assembly Housing Committee.
Roberta “Robbie” Kaplan, Esq. endorses Jo Anne Simon
Jo Anne Simon is the passionate and effective fighter we need for women and the LGBTQ+ community. Jo Anne knows how to make real and meaningful changes to our laws and policies – she’s done it for years as an activist for LGBTQ+ and women’s rights, and as an elected official. She helped pass marriage equality in New York, codified Roe vs. Wade into state law to guarantee that women will always have a right to choose, and strengthened our state’s sexual harassment laws.
Renowned civil rights lawyer Roberta “Robbie” Kaplan brought the landmark case U.S. v. Windsor to the U.S. Supreme Court, overturning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Union of Arab Women endorses Jo Anne Simon
“Union of Arab Women is proud to endorse Jo Anne Simon for Brooklyn Borough President,” said UAW founder Somia Elrowmeim. “Jo Anne brings a great deal of experience with local issues and legislative accomplishments to this race. As a lifelong community activist who has kept up the fight for racial justice and equality, she understands the struggles of the diverse communities she is seeking to represent and has a record of fighting for an inclusive Brooklyn.”
Union of Arab Women of NYC is a progressive political group. We endeavor to strengthen the Democratic voice of Arab American community through education, civic engagement, social action and electoral politics.
Seven NY State Assembly Members endorse Jo Anne Simon
Assemblymember Michael Benedetto (District 82), Assemblymember Deborah Glick (District 66), Assemblymember Richard Gottfried (District 75), Assemblymember Catherine Nolan (District 37), Assemblymember Stacey Pheffer Amato (District 23), Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright (District 76), Assemblymember Clyde Vanel (District 33).
Former US Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman endorses Jo Anne Simon
Jo Anne Simon would make a terrific Borough President and I am very pleased to support her. As a constituent, I know how hard Jo Anne fights for those she represents. As a former elected official, I see the compassion, the determination and the skills she brings to public office. She is committed to a progressive agenda, and will work tirelessly to achieve equal rights for women and people of color, better educational opportunities for Brooklynites and a government that works for all of us.
Former US Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman is the first and only woman to serve as either Brooklyn District Attorney or NYC Comptroller.
Former NY State Assemblymember Joe Lentol endorses Jo Anne Simon
I’m proud to endorse Jo Anne for Brooklyn BP. She brings the voice of the community to her work, and she earned the respect of her colleagues. She was an extraordinary ally in the Assembly, and partnered with me in passing sweeping reforms to our criminal justice system. She’s improved public education, affordable housing access, environmental justice, and much more.
Joe Lentol represented the 50 Assembly District which encompasses Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Fort Greene, among other neighborhoods in northern Brooklyn.
Hon. Joan Millman endorses Jo Anne Simon
Prior to Jo Anne Simon’s term, Hon. Joan Millman represented District 52 in the New York State Assembly, which consists of the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Vinegar Hill, Gowanus, DUMBO, Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights and Prospect Heights.
Randi Weingarten endorses Jo Anne Simon
Randi is the President of the AFT, a teacher, unionist, and has fought for children & communities, democracy & justice, public education & healthcare as a right.
The Freelancers Union endorses Jo Anne Simon
Jo Anne has proven to understand the needs of independent workers in Brooklyn and our city. From policy to constituent services, now more than ever, freelancers need focused and dedicated leadership that will support and guide them through recovery. We have no doubt that Simon has the experience and vision needed to deliver for one of the pandemic’s hardest hit communities.
The Freelancers Union, which is based in Brooklyn, has over 500,000 members and advocates for the 56.7 million independent workers across the country.
The Citizens Union endorses Jo Anne Simon
Jo Anne has an impressive track record as an Assembly Member, civil rights attorney and community activist and would make an excellent Borough President for Brooklyn.
Citizens Union is a non-partisan group committed to reforming NYC and State government by fostering transparency, accountability, accessibility, honesty and the highest ethical standards.
NY League of Conservation Voters endorses Jo Anne Simon
Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon is one of NYLCV’s longtime partners and a champion of our environment. She supports policies that speed up our transition away from fossil fuels and prioritize a just transition to a green economy when making land use and transportation decisions. That’s why we urge voters in Brooklyn to cast their ballot for her this June.
The NY League of Conservation Voters works to fight climate change, conserve land and water, and protect public health in New York State through political action.
PSC CUNY co-endorses Jo Anne Simon
Jo Anne is a fierce advocate for public higher education and workers rights who supports a New Deal for CUNY and who has significantly improved educational equity and access. Her strong track record and dedication as a legislator, adjunct law professor, higher education professional, and former teacher make her an excellent choice for Brooklyn Borough President.
PSC CUNY represents 30,000 CUNY faculty and staff.
National Institute for Reproductive Health endorses Jo Anne Simon
NIRH Action Fund PAC is proud to endorse Jo Anne Simon for Brooklyn Borough President. In Jo Anne’s years as a legislator, she has made reproductive health, rights, and justice a priority. We know that as Borough President, she will continue to fight to ensure that the people of Brooklyn will have access to abortion, contraception, and safe birthing options. Jo Anne will bring the kind of leadership we need.
NIRH works across the country to advance proactive policy on the state and local levels to ensure that all people have access to reproductive health care, including abortion care.
City Council candidate Jacqui Painter cross-endorses Jo Anne Simon
Jo Anne Simon’s advocacy and record of progressive legislative victories are unparalleled. From promoting good government and voting reforms, to fighting for education equity and LGBTQ+ rights, she is a force to be reckoned with. I enthusiastically endorse Jo Anne Simon and thank her for her endorsement. I look forward to working together to bring progressive change to our city.
Jacqui Painter is a candidate for City Council District 38
NY State Assemblymember Emily Gallagher endorses Jo Anne Simon as her second choice for Brooklyn Borough President
Emily Gallagher is an activist, organizer and nonprofit professional who serves as the Assembly member for New York’s 50th District (Greenpoint, Williamsburg Clinton Hill, Ft. Greene, Brooklyn).
Brooklyn-Queens NOW endorses Jo Anne Simon
Brooklyn-Queens NOW is a grassroots, civil rights organization dedicated to women’s rights issues. Our major issues are putting the ERA into the U.S. Constitution, protecting reproductive rights, ending discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation, stopping violence against women, and gaining economic equality and opportunity.
The Communications Workers of America Local 1180 endorses Jo Anne Simon
We vetted the candidates for Brooklyn Borough President and Jo Anne Simon stood out from the crowd as being a real leader, a fighter for labor unions and the working middle class, and someone who will really get things done for Brooklyn. She knows what it’s like to work your way up. We know we can count on Jo Anne to work in tandem with the incoming mayor to advocate for the needs of our members and retirees in Brooklyn, which is why we are proud to support her election to become the next Brooklyn Borough President.
CWA Local 1180 represents more than 8,100 administrative employees and supervisors in city government.
Council of Schools Supervisors & Administrators endorses Jo Anne Simon
The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators has endorsed Simon’s candidacy for election as their second choice. CSA represents more than 16,000 in-service and retired Principals, Assistant Principals, Education Administrators and Early Childhood Education Directors and Assistant Directors.
The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators works to continually strengthen the public image of New York City school leaders and to provide the students of New York City with a well-rounded education of the highest quality.
Kathleen Chalfant endorses Jo Anne Simon
I first met Jo Anne standing outside Governor Cuomo’s house demonstrating for clemency and since then I have often run into Jo Anne at public events demonstrating for social justice and the greater good of not only Brooklyn, but the whole world. She is the old fashioned kind of public servant who believes that the job is to serve the people who elected her and to make the world a more just place while doing it.
Kathleen Chalfant, actress and activist.
Olanike T. Alabi endorses Jo Anne Simon
I’ve known Jo Anne as a compassionate and thoughtful leader who puts the people of Brooklyn first. Her work as a disability civil rights lawyer, educator, activist and Assemblymember have improved laws and lives throughout the borough. Jo Anne has stood up against discrimination and inequality, and enacted groundbreaking legislation on affordable housing, women’s rights and education.
Olanike T. Alabi is the former District Leader for Assembly District 57
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 891 endorses Jo Anne Simon
Jo Anne has proven herself to be an effective and dedicated advocate for workers’ rights. Our School Custodian Engineers work every day to ensure childrens’ safety in schools, and as a lifelong educator and advocate for children, we know that Jo Anne will fight to improve schools for ALL of the children in Brooklyn.
IUOE Local 891 represents the School Custodian Engineers who are responsible for the operations of New York City’s public school buildings.
Bay Ridge Democrats endorse Jo Anne Simon
Bay Ridge Democrats is a progressive political club. We endeavor to strengthen the Democratic voice of our neighborhood through education, social action and electoral politics.
Brooklyn Young Democrats endorse Jo Anne Simon
The Brooklyn Young Democrats is the official youth arm of the Kings County Democratic Party. We represent Young Democrats ages 16 to 35 living in all of Kings County. BYD works to engage, educate, and empower young people so they can actively represent their communities.
Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn endorse Jo Anne Simon
“Lambda Independent Democrats is proud to endorse Jo Anne Simon for Brooklyn Borough President” – 12/16/2020.
Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn is the political voice of Brooklyn’s LGBTQ community. We strive to see LGBTQ people represented in all levels of Brooklyn politics, including elected office.
Union Local 1549 DC 37 endorses endorses Jo Anne Simon
She is a co-sponsor of the 911 employee’s First Responder legislation in Albany. Jo Anne is a strong fighter for environmental justice and affordable housing advocate.
1549 DC 37 represents 14,000 employees of the City of New York including 911 and 311 operators, public hospital and social service employees.
Amber Tamblyn endorses Jo Anne Simon
Jo Anne Simon is a dedicated fighter for women who enacts bold change to lift the voices of marginalized communities and protect their rights. She enshrined Roe v. Wade into state law, enacted pro LGBTQ+ laws, strengthened sexual harassment laws, and more. Brooklyn is long overdue for an experienced woman BP who fights for all of us, and I strongly endorse Jo Anne.
Amber Tamblyn, co-founder of Time’s Up and activist.
Voters for Animal Rights endorse Jo Anne Simon
Voters For Animal Rights’ mission is to help elect candidates who support animal protection, lobby for strong laws to stop animal cruelty, and hold elected officials accountable to humane voters.
NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm endorses Jo Anne Simon
Jo Anne Simon is a life-long progressive leader with a proven record of delivering for her community. Jo Anne has always lifted the voices and fought for the rights of the historically marginalized as a disability civil rights lawyer and legislator. New York City is at a crucial turning point, and Jo Anne has the experience and passion to ensure an equal recovery for all.
Daniel Dromm represents District 25 (Jackson Heights & Elmhurst). He serves as the Chairperson of the Finance Committee.
Lori Citron Knipel, NYS Committee Member AD 44
Joanne Seminara, NYS Committee Member AD 64
Josh Skaller, NYS Committee Member AD 52
Ralph Perfetto, former NYS Committee Member AD 64
Sheet Metal Workers Local 28 co-endorses Jo Anne Simon
Sheet Metal Workers goal is to provide the highest quality craftsmen for the Residential, Commercial and Industrial construction industry.
Independent Neighborhood Democrats endorse Jo Anne Simon
The Independent Neighborhood Democrats’ mission is to bring the people of the 52nd Assembly District into active participation in the political process, and to seek and support candidates for party and public office with ability and integrity and to encourage the appointment of qualified public officials and employees.
Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats endorse Jo Anne Simon
We are a political club of progressive Democrats local to Brooklyn who share a common goal to effect positive change in our city and state government.
504 Democratic Club endorses Jo Anne Simon
Jo Anne has spent her career fighting for people with disabilities as a disability rights lawyer, an advocate, and a legislator. We must prioritize the inclusion of people with disabilities in the political and social fabric of our society. 504 Democrats proudly endorse Jo Anne Simon for Brooklyn Borough President.
504 Democratic Club is a NYC-based coalition of Democrats working towards inclusion of people with disabilities in the political & social fabric of society.
Emmanuelle Ameroso endorses Jo Anne Simon
Jo Anne Simon is an incredible advocate and legislator who will ensure every Brooklynite has a voice at the table. Jo Anne helped pass major criminal justice reforms to dismantle the deep flaws that perpetuate racial and economic bias in our judicial system, including the repeal of 50-a and ending solitary confinement. I’m confident she will make Brooklyn more just and more inclusive as our Borough President.
Emmanuelle Ameroso is the Chair of Brooklyn Young Democrats Women’s Caucus, and Employment Services Coordinator of Hour Children, Inc.’s Working Women Program (HWWP), a job training and re-entry program for formerly incarcerated participants.
Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local Union No. 1 co-endorses Jo Anne Simon
Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1, NY is dedicated to the craft of bricklaying, stonesetting, stone tending, masonry restoration and plastering, with over 5000 of the most talented masonry craft workers hailing not just from the New York City and Long Island area but from around the world.
Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local Union No. 7 (Tile, Marble & Terrazzo) NY-NJ co-endorses Jo Anne Simon
Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club endorses Jo Anne Simon
Named for the legendary gay rights pioneer Jim Owles, the organization was formed in 2004 as a citywide political activist club with a mission to secure human rights, dignity, and freedom for all people.
Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC (SDNYC) endorses Jo Anne Simon
Jo Anne Simon shares SDNYC’s vision for LGBTQ+ equality and fairness, civil rights, good government reforms, and social justice. From fighting for GENDA as an Assemblymember to volunteering to help people living with AIDS early in her career, Jo Anne has always been a tireless champion for our community.
SDNYC is a prominent, progressive LGBTQ Democratic organization in New York City.
Unified Political Association endorses Jo Anne Simon
Jo Anne Simon puts the community in the forefront of her work, and her bold leadership and progressive approach to governing is what Brooklyn needs right now. UPA is proud to endorse Jo Anne for Brooklyn Borough President, and our club looks forward to supporting our endorsement of her candidacy, to help ensure her victory in June.
The UPA is a political club based out of Central Brooklyn that encourages activism, community engagement, and advocacy.
StreetsPAC endorses Jo Anne Simon as their second ranked choice
StreetsPAC is a political action committee dedicated to improving the safety, mobility and livability of one of New York City’s greatest assets: its streets. Our sidewalks, roadways and plazas account for the majority of all public space in the five boroughs, and are a precious resource to be shared and enjoyed by all.
NYC Kids PAC endorses Jo Anne Simon
NYC Kids PAC has endorsed Simon’s candidacy for election as their second choice.
NYC Kids PAC is the only parent-led political action committee focused on NYC public schools.
League Of Independent Theater endorses Jo Anne Simon
The League was formed in 2008 to empower, unify, and protect the voices and interests of those who work and enjoy independent theater across the five boroughs of NYC.