In lockstep with the Queens County Democrats, retiring Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-Queens, Nassau) announced Tuesday morning that he is endorsing Flushing Assemblywoman Grace Meng for the newly created 6th Congressional District.
Although the new district only covers 37 percent of Ackerman’s domain, his support is seen as significant. Most other elected Democrats have already endorsed her.
“When the baton is passed in November, I hope it’s Grace Meng,” the congressman said, noting that the two of them share similar, though different, backgrounds.
Ackerman, 69, who announced his retirement in March, said both he and Meng had parents who came from another country and worked hard to make sure their children had a better education.
He pointed to her “style, maturity, and level-headedness” at the announcement, held outside the Pomonok Senior Center, adding that the other Democratic contenders “are all good people, but we have a choice.”
Others running for the seat are Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowly (D-Middle Village) and Dr. Robert Mittman, a Bayside physician.
Also on Tuesday, Lancman was endorsed by former city Public Advocate Mark Green. He previously got the support of former Mayor Ed Koch.
The winner of the June 26 Democratic primary will face Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), the presumptive Republican nominee, in November.