Gounardes Campaign Announces July Fundraising & Petitioning Totals:
Raises Additional $124K; Collects Over 5,200 Signatures in Bid to Unseat Marty Golden
BROOKLYN, NY, July 19, 2018 -- Democratic State Senate candidate Andrew Gounardes announced today that his campaign has raised an additional $124,141 from 538 individual donors and has $181,419 cash on hand in the second fundraising period of the 2018 election cycle.
More than 40% (222) of Gounardes’ donations came from residents in the 22nd Senate District, more than all other candidates in the race combined. The average donation was $82, less than any other candidate in the race. The most common individual donation was $25. 92% of individual donations were $100 or less.
The campaign also submitted more than 5,200 signatures to qualify for the Democratic, Working Families, and Reform party lines. Nearly all petition signatures were collected by volunteers, more than 2/3 of whom live in the district.
"I am so proud of our grassroots, community-centered campaign,” said Gounardes. “We've raised an impressive $238,000 so far in our bid to unseat Marty Golden. What's more impressive is the fact that we're not funded by Albany special interests or Park Avenue millionaires. We're funded by individuals and small businesses in our community, because the only way we can build a movement for change is to start right here at home. More than 40% of our donors live in our district. That's more than all other candidates in this race combined. All of this points to the fact that we are clearly the community’s choice for state senate, and I’m so excited for what’s ahead.”
About Andrew Gounardes
Born and raised in Bay Ridge, it was in South 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 serve 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, the Working Families Party, Bay Ridge Democrats, the Brooklyn Young Democrats, the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, the Southern Brooklyn Democrats, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, the Stars & Stripes Democratic Club, City Council Member Mark Treyger, Assembly Member Peter Abbate, Former Council Member Vincent Gentile, the 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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