Along with collecting votes, candidates for the 6th Congressional District are collecting endorsements.
Democratic Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has the nod from County Democratic leaders and from just about all elected Democratic officials with two notable exceptions: Assemblyman Rory Lancman, (D-Fresh Meadows) and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who are challenging her in the June primary.
Meng also has landed the support of Emily’s List, an organization that supports pro-choice Democratic women; Assemblyman Karim Garcia (D-Brooklyn), who heads the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus; and the Italian-American Political Action Committee.
Lancman has landed the highest-profile endorsement, if not the biggest heavyweight, in former Mayor Ed Koch.
Koch’s support of Congressman Bob Turner (R-Queens and Brooklyn) in a 2011 election against Democrat David Weprin was seen as a key to turning the Democratic district for Turner.
Koch lent his support to Turner to make the special election in part a referendum on President Obama’s policies on Israel in a district with a large Jewish population.
Lancman also has begun rolling up significant labor support, with endorsements from the Communication Workers of America Local 1182; the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, and the Working Families Party.
Crowley, as anticipated, picked up the early endorsement of the Uniformed Firefighters Association. Crowley is the chairwoman of the council’s Fire and Criminal Justice Committee, and has had a high-profile role in the fight to keep city fire companies open in the face of threatened budget cuts.
Crowley also has secured the nod from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 9.
Crowley is a member of the union and has worked as a restorative painter on buildings including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall and Central Synagogue.
Representatives of Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), the GOP-endorsed candidate, could not be reached for comment.