NY City Council Member Brannan officially supports Gounardes’ NY State Senate campaign


BROOKLYN, NY: Today, New York City Council Member Justin Brannan officially endorsed Democrat Andrew Gounardes’ bid to become Southern Brooklyn’s next state senator.

Because Brannan represents Brooklyn’s 43rd Council District (Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach), he knows what this community’s needs are — and he believes Gounardes has what it takes to meet them.

“Andrew is everything Southern Brooklyn could ask for in a senator,” Brannan said. “He’s smart, he’s tough, he’s driven, he’s experienced — and the strength of his character is clear. Integrity matters, and Andrew Gounardes has it.”

Upon learning of Brannan’s endorsement, Gounardes was honored and excited. “Justin Brannan works hard every day to make Brooklyn a better place for its people. He’s a rising star in the New York Democratic Party, and his support means the world to me."

Already, Gounardes has won endorsements from Brannan, the Brooklyn Young Democrats and the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats — but he won’t stop there.

“Endorsements matter because they show voters that other community leaders believe in you,” Gounardes said. “My goal is to gain the confidence of more local groups and elected officials. It’s important not only for campaign, but for the kind of community coalition I want to create as well.”

Gounardes’ race for NY Senate District 22 is quickly shaping up as a key contest in the 2018 elections. If Gounardes succeeds in riding the anticipated “Blue Wave” of national Democratic support to victory, he can unseat incumbent Republican Marty Golden and return the State Senate to Democratic control.

“This race is important because the people of Southern Brooklyn deserve better,” Gounardes said. “The fact that we can retake the Senate only increases my sense of urgency.”


Gounardes is an attorney and community advocate running for the State Senate in the 22nd District, which includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, and Gravesend, as well as portions of of Sheepshead Bay, Borough Park, and Midwood. He is graduate of Fort Hamilton High School, Hunter College and the George Washington University Law School. He serves as Counsel to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, was a former aide to Councilmember Vincent Gentile, and served on Community Board 10. You can read more at