NY Assemblymember Herman “Denny” Farrell Jr. Endorses Michael Blake for DNC Vice-Chair

January 13, 2017

New York, NY – Today, the Michael Blake for DNC Campaign announced that NY Assemblymember and DNC-member Denny Farrell has endorsed Assemblymember Michael Blake in his campaign for DNC Vice-Chair. Farrell’s endorsement follows those of Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper and Vice-Chair Rhine McLin, Michigan Party Chair Brandon Dillon, RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum, current Vice-Chair R.T Rybak and the Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC.

“Michael Blake is a bright, young person which is what we need for our party and for our people as we go into the future. I've worked with him for two years. He's done a very good job. He is the future.” Assemblymember Farrell said.


Assemblymember Herman “Denny” Farrell, Jr. was elected to the State Assembly in 1974 from a district that encompasses West Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood.


In March of 1994, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver appointed Mr. Farrell Chair of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. He is also a member of the Rules Committee and the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, as well as the New York State Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force. From 1979 until 1994, Farrell was Chairman of the Assembly Banks Committee. In 1983, Governor Cuomo appointed him to the Temporary Committee on Interstate Banking. From 1981 to 1984, he conducted a course at the New School for Social Research on Banking in New York. In 1981-82, he was Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions of the National Conference of State Legislators.


Assemblymember Michael Blake offered the following response to Denny Farrell’s endorsement.


“Denny Farrell embodies class and coaching in a way few other public servants have done. I am here because of Denny and trailblazers like him who paved the way on this journey of service.


Moreover, as a fellow Jamaican-American who is passionate around economic opportunity, it means so much to have the endorsement of Assemblymember Farrell who continues to be our remarkable New York Chairman of the Assembly Ways & Means Committee. His guidance today is preparing us to carry on to provide #LeadershipForTomorrow”


Michael Blake and Assemblymember Herman "Denny" Farrell Jr.  


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