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Diana Richardson Endorsement


Top immigrant advocacy group backs Richardson in hotly-contested Assembly race; District contains highest number of rent-regulated housing units in Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY — Make the Road Action Fund (MRAF), the grassroots advocacy organization representing Latino communities in New York City and Long Island, today endorsed Diana Richardson’s campaign for Assembly District 43. MRAF, the sister organization of the 16,000-member non-profit Make the Road New York, has become an increasingly important player in local elections and policy campaigns affecting Latino, immigrant, and LGBTQ communities. MRAF’s endorsement adds significant weight to the coalition of labor groups, community leaders, and elected officials who are supporting Richardson’s candidacy in Assembly District 43, which covers Crown Heights, Wingate, East Flatbush and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and was recently vacated by Karim Camara. With the largest share of rent-regulated apartments of any Brooklyn Assembly district, this election will be critical to ensuring that there is a strong voice for tenants and working New Yorkers in Albany this spring when the rent laws will come to the fore of political debate in Albany.
Javier H. Valdés, co-Executive Director of the Make the Road Action Fund, said: “Our members are proud to stand with Diana Richardson in her energetic push to become the next representative of Assembly District 43. Ms. Richardson has a track record and a personal history that shows a clear alignment with the needs and priorities of working-class Latino, immigrant, and LGBTQ communities in Brooklyn. We are confident that she will bring a fresh voice to Albany that will focus on solving critical challenges for her district like affordable housing and educational justice. And, with the rent laws soon to expire, it’s critical that her district has the strong pro-tenant leadership that Ms. Richardson offers.”

Diana Richardson affirmed: “It is with great enthusiasm that I accept the endorsement of the Make The Road Action Fund. The organization’s mission of promoting policy solutions that improve the lives of all New Yorkers is one that I wholeheartedly share. I look forward to working with them on issues such as affordable housing, education and the minimum wage. I'm particularly eager to work with them on housing this year. With Assembly District 43 containing the most rent-regulated units in Brooklyn, I am prepared to be a champion for strong rent laws in Albany this spring.”

Reflecting on the housing crisis in Crown Heights and nearby communities that Ms. Richardson is competing to represent, Mónica Navarro, a Crown Heights resident, said: “Right now the rents are increasing and landlords are trying to buy people out, and people who’ve lived here for years are getting evicted or pushed out. I know this from personally experience as a tenant in a rent-regulated apartment. We need representatives who will speak out and fight for tenants like me.”

Make the Road Action Fund is the latest organization to join a broad coalition of labor and community organizations and progressive elected officials endorsing Ms. Richardson’s candidacy. Ms. Richardson has already earned the endorsements of the following organizations: 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, SEIU 32BJ, Working Families Party, DC 37, DC 37 Local 372, DC 37 Local 375, TWU Local 100, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, UAW Region 9A, CWA District 1, and HAAPA-PAC (Haitian American Association for Political Action). She has also earned the support of many prominent elected officials, including Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, State Senator Kevin Parker, Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, and Assembly Member Latrice Walker.

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