New York Amsterdam News Endorsements for 2016 State Primaries
EDITORIAL | 8/25/2016, midnight
Female State Committee 57th Assembly District (Brooklyn)
We are glad to learn that our endorsement of Olanike Alabi was not wasted. She has fulfilled many of the promises she made to us two years ago, and along the way has gained support from a number of notable elected officials, including Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Public Advocate Letitia James. Her record in this position is remarkable and it is sure to be improved if she is re-elected. As we did before, we again salute Olanike in this mission and renew our previous endorsement.
Inez Dickens and Michael Blake are running unopposed in the New York City primary. Therefore, you will not see them on the Sept. 13 ballot. That being said, we will still take this opportunity to endorse then now for the Nov. 8 general election.
State Senate 31st District (Manhattan)
All you have to say in a political discussion about New York is 150 miles and the name Robert Jackson follows. That’s the distance he walked from Manhattan to Albany to win a court judgment that brought home $16 billion for NYC public school children. Jackson is still walking the talk and talking the walk for children, the promotion of health and safety, increasing job opportunities and protecting affordability in housing. With every step he takes his respect and integrity grows as he seeks this senatorial post, and we fully endorsement this move, knowing it will benefit not only his constituents but the entire state.
Kings County Civil Court Judge (Brooklyn)
One can’t help but be moved when Consuelo M. Melendez recounts her personal story. She was born in Cuba just about the time of the Bay of Pigs and the nuclear showdown between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. How she and her family overcame the obstacles to success in America are some of the experience she hopes to instill in her courtroom, if elected. “I have faced all kinds of challenges,” she said, “so I know how to be fair without prejudice in my courtroom.” Fairness was a word that she repeated more than once and if that is the foundation of her bench, then we do not hesitate in our endorsement of her pursuit.