“At this time of heightened uncertainty in Washington, we need strong leaders like New York's own Rep. Grace Meng and Assemblyman Michael Blake on the Democratic National Committee who will advance the principals of social and economic justice that built our middle class and the Democratic Party.” -Governor Andrew Cuomo
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced his endorsement of Congresswoman Grace Meng and Assemblyman Michael Blake for Democratic National Committee Executive Vice Chairs.
“At this time of heightened uncertainty in Washington, we need strong leaders like New York's own Rep. Grace Meng and Assemblyman Michael Blake on the DNC who will advance the principals of social and economic justice that built our middle class and the Democratic Party,” Governor Cuomo said. “These proven leaders will bring uncompromising integrity to the Executive Committee, as well as a depth and diversity of experience that is second to none. Working together, we will create good-paying jobs to drive our economy forward, ensure our country remains a beacon of hope and opportunity for immigrants, and create a path forward and upward for our nation’s middle class.”
Congresswoman Grace Meng said, "I am honored to receive the endorsement of Governor Cuomo here in New York, just as I have garnered support across this entire country. From protecting reproductive rights to standing up against the travel ban, Governor Cuomo has shown how to forcefully push back in these new times. There is still much more work to be done, and I look forward to work with him to continue to fight for our progressive values."
Assemblyman Michael Blake said, "It sends a strong message to New York and across our country that Governor Cuomo endorses our DNC Vice Chair campaign given his policy and political success that helps Americans in their everyday lives. With him being one of only 16 Democratic Governors in the country, the Policy Chair of the Democratic Governors Association and a former Cabinet official, Governor Cuomo's endorsement of my candidacy for DNC Vice Chair underscores our core points of the need for party building, our track record of organizing winning campaigns across the country, focusing on what's happening on the ground to help Americans and the need for a policy agenda that inspires people in urban, rural and suburban areas to believe in the Democratic vision. I am proud to have earned the support of Governor Cuomo who fights for New York every day and supports my #LeadershipForTomorrow vision to Build our Bench, Strengthen our Party and Embrace our Future."
Congresswoman Grace Meng is serving her third term representing New York’s Sixth Congressional District, encompassing west, central and northeast Queens. In 2016, Congresswoman Grace Meng was unanimously elected Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee.
From her work on the House Foreign Affairs Committee overseeing United States foreign policy to her efforts on the House Small Business Committee where she is the Ranking Member of the Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee, Rep. Meng is a respected and effective leader in Congress.
She has authored and passed impactful legislation, including new healthcare and benefit provisions for veterans, allowing federal disaster funds to be used for rebuilding places of worship devastated by Hurricane Sandy, and enhancing safety and security on school buses. Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Meng was a member of the New York State Assembly, and before that, she worked as a public interest-lawyer in New York.
Assemblyman Michael Blake has served in the New York State Legislature since 2014, representing the 79th District, including Concourse Village, Morrisania, Melrose, Belmont, Claremont and East Tremont in The Bronx.
Assemblyman Blake has dedicated his career to improving the lives of others, with a focus on advancing economic development, education and equality for all. During his time in the Assembly, he has worked to create jobs by partnering with Small and Minority/Women Owned Business Enterprises, protecting and enhancing the rights of senior citizens, and creating pathways to opportunity for young people.
Previously, he served in the White House as the Deputy Associate Director for African-American state and local elected officials and minority business outreach. Before that, he managed winning state legislative races in Michigan, and held several senior positions on President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns.