Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams Endorses Andrew Gounardes for New York State Senate
BROOKLYN, NY; Aug. 17, 2018 -- Today, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams officially endorsed Andrew Gounardes for the NY Senate in District 22. A former captain in the NYPD and State Senator, Adams cited Andrew’s commitment to pedestrian safety, immigration, and gun reform.
"Andrew Gounardes exemplifies what public service should be," said Adams. "I know that because I've seen it firsthand at Brooklyn Borough Hall. He's committed to empowering his neighbors, passionate about grassroots advocacy, and personally engaged with addressing critical issues such as immigration, gun safety, and pedestrian safety. Southern Brooklyn needs a tireless fighter in Albany, and Andrew is ready to fight for us. I urge my fellow Brooklynites, from Bay Ridge to Marine Park and everywhere in between, to join Andrew's community-powered campaign for State Senate."
“Eric Adams has dedicated his life to serving New Yorkers,” said Gounardes. “As an NYPD officer and State Senator, he has always defended the rights of all New Yorkers. He’s been a leader on issues that matter most to the residents of the Southern Brooklyn, including pedestrian safety, common sense gun laws, defending immigrants, and protecting the rights of tenants. Working alongside Adams as his General Counsel, I have seen first hand the courage required of public servants to make hard choices and stand up for what it right. He has taught me a lot and I’m incredibly honored to have his support.”
Adams will also be leading a Day of Action in support of Andrew’s candidacy on August 25th at 1:00 PM at 311 86th St, Brooklyn NY 11209.
About Andrew Gounardes
Born and raised in Bay Ridge, it was in Southern Brooklyn where Andrew Gounardes started his work in public service. As an aide to former City Councilmember Vincent Gentile, he helped neighbors solve everyday quality of life problems. Currently, he serves as Counsel to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and as a trustee of the New York City Employees' Retirement System, one of the largest municipal pension funds in the country. Before serving at Borough Hall, he worked for Citizens Committee for New York City, a non-profit that provides neighborhood improvement grants to community groups across the five boroughs. He also served on Community Board 10 and is a longtime member of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Bay Ridge.
After Superstorm Sandy, Andrew co-founded Bay Ridge Cares, an organization that prepared 25,000 hot meals for victims after the storm. Today, the organization still supports community members facing extraordinary need by providing them with emergency assistance. As a member of the Riders Alliance, he organized and formed the Concerned R Train Riders to fight for better service and demand handicapped accessible subway stations in South Brooklyn. He helped write and pass legislation to combat dangerous home conversions, and continues to work toward helping those who are displaced from unsafe living conditions.
His work with Bay Ridge Advocates for Keeping Everyone Safe (B.R.A.K.E.S.) successfully pressured Albany lawmakers to allow speed cameras in school zones. As an advocate for art and culture in our neighborhoods, he served as pro bono legal counsel for the Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk (S.A.W.) and as past president of the Bay Ridge Historical Society.
Andrew graduated from Fort Hamilton High School before going on to earn degrees from Hunter College and the George Washington University Law School.
Andrew has been endorsed by NYSUT, the local chapter of United Automobile Workers, the District 1 chapter of Communications Workers of America, SEIU 32BJ, DC9 The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, The Working Families Party, Bay Ridge Democrats, Brooklyn Young Democrats, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, Southern Brooklyn Democrats, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, Stonewall Democrats of NYC, Stars & Stripes Democratic Club, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, City Council Members Justin Brannan, Mark Treyger, Alan Maisel, and Lew Fidler, 41st AD State Committeewoman Lori Maslow, Assembly Member Peter Abbate, Former Council Member Vincent Gentile, Chairperson of the Kings County Democrats Frank Seddio, and Run for Something. He has also been named a Gun Sense Candidate of Distinction by Moms Demand Action.
About District 22
District 22 comprises the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, and Gravesend, as well as portions of Sheepshead Bay, Borough Park, and Midwood.
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