NYSDCC Chair Mayor Byron Brown and Vice Chair Christine Quinn Endorse Rep. Grace Meng and Assembly Member Michael Blake for DNC Vice Chairs

February 10, 2017

Announcement Follows Governor Cuomo’s Endorsement of Proven Leaders Rep. Meng and Assemblyman Blake for DNC Vice Chairs Earlier this Week


New York State Democratic Committee Chair Mayor Byron Brown and New York State Democratic Committee Vice Chair Christine Quinn today endorsed Congresswoman Grace Meng and Assemblyman Michael Blake to serve as Vice Chairs of the Democratic National Committee. The announcement follows Governor Cuomo’s endorsement of Rep. Meng and Assemblyman Blake for the positions of DNC Vice Chairs earlier this week. 


“As Vice Chairs of the Democratic National Committee, Congresswoman Grace Meng and Assemblyman Michael Blake will bring strong, principled leadership to Washington and fight for the progressive values our country was founded upon,” Governor Cuomo said. “From protecting immigrants’ rights and making college affordable to investing in job creation and innovation, Congresswoman Meng and Assemblyman Blake will put the American people first. I’m proud to endorse these proven leaders who will build on record of success we have achieved in New York and carry these victories forward across the nation.”


“Now more than ever, we need leaders at the Democratic National Committee who will continue the fight for social and economic justice, take on entrenched special interests in Washington and work to unify communities across the country,” New York State Democratic Committee Chair Mayor Byron Brown said. “Congresswoman Grace Meng and Assemblyman Michael Blake are the clear and best choices to serve as DNC Vice Chairs, and I am honored to endorse them for these distinguished positions. Working together, we will advance the core tenets of the Democratic Party and build on the strong progress we have achieved for all Americans.”  


“Congresswoman Grace Meng and Assemblyman Michael Blake have the breadth of experience and leadership necessary to usher in a new era at the Democratic National Committee,” New York State Democratic Committee Vice Chair Christine Quinn said. “While Donald Trump and the GOP continue to play politics, Congresswoman Meng and Assemblyman Michael Blake will stand up and fight for what matters most to the American people: raising the minimum wage, creating good-paying jobs, investing in education and forging a stronger, more inclusive society.”


Congresswoman Grace Meng said, "I am humbled to receive the support of Chair Byron Brown and Vice Chair Chris Quinn. The New York State Democratic Party's leadership is standing up for the middle class in areas covering rural upstate farms to bustling suburbs and the biggest city in our nation.”


Assemblyman Michael Blake said, “I am so grateful to receive the endorsement of the New York State Democratic Committee in my campaign for DNC Vice Chair, and even more excited by the unified consensus behind my #LeadershipForTomorrow vision. The New York State Democratic Party is the gold standard for state parties to follow, and I thank Governor Cuomo, Mayor Brown, and Speaker Quinn for their endorsements and for their leadership on the local, state, and national levels, which have made New York State the progressive capital of the country. From The Bronx to Buffalo, from Rochester to Rye, we are committed to unifying our party and showing that a progressive Democratic agenda is not just benefitting New Yorkers but will help Americans across our country as we reject the Trump-Pence agenda. This endorsement is solid proof of the resonance of our campaign’s core ideas: to Build our Bench, Strengthen our Party, and Embrace our Future.”


In 2016, Congresswoman Grace Meng was unanimously elected Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee. She is currently serving her third term in the United States House of Representatives. Rep. Meng represents New York’s Sixth Congressional District encompassing west, central and northeast Queens.


Rep. Meng is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and its Subcommittees on the Middle East and North Africa, and Asia and the Pacific. She also serves on the House Small Business Committee where she is the Ranking Member of the Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee.


Just six weeks after she was sworn in as a member of Congress, Rep. Meng secured the passage of legislation allowing federal disaster funds to be used for rebuilding places of worship devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  The bill was subsequently signed into law by President Obama. Rep. Meg has also helped boost small business in New York and across the country by improving access to capital and providing new healthcare and benefit measures to veterans.


Assemblyman Michael Blake was first elected to the New York State Legislature in 2014. He represents the 79th Assembly District, including Concourse Village, Morrisania, Melrose, Belmont, Claremont and East Tremont in The Bronx.


During his time in the Assembly, he has worked to increase participation of Small and Minority/Women Owned Business Enterprises in the state contracting process, protect and enhance the rights of senior citizens, and increase access to high-quality education for young people across the state.


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.





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