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The following elected leaders and organizations endorsed Brian for election to the State Senate in 2017:

Governor Andrew Cuomo

“We need leaders in the State Senate who will fight for a more progressive future for New York and I’m proud to endorse Brian Kavanagh for the 26th State Senate district. In the Assembly, Brian has been a relentless advocate for all New Yorkers, working diligently to get illegal guns off our streets, protect our environment, and preserve affordable housing. Now, as the next State Senator for Manhattan and Brooklyn, I know Brian will work with me to continue New York’s proud tradition as the progressive capital of our country. Brian has my full support.”


Mayor Bill de Blasio

“Brian Kavanagh is far and away the best choice to represent the 26th Senate District, and I am proud to endorse him. For over a decade as a legislator, Brian has stood up to powerful interests time and again -- from fighting gun violence and protecting tenants to pushing for critical reforms to make Albany more transparent and accountable to the people. Now more than ever, we need impassioned voices in Albany to challenge the status quo and advance the needs of the people of New York City. A proven reformer and a fierce defender of New York City, Brian Kavanagh is that leader.”


State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli

I've known Brian Kavanagh since we served together when he was first elected to the State Assembly. For more than ten years, he has been a terrific advocate, standing up to special interests on behalf of kids, families, and seniors. That's why I'm strongly endorsing Brian Kavanagh for State Senate—because New Yorkers need Brian Kavanagh to keep fighting for them.


City Comptroller Scott Stringer

“There is no one I trust more to continue Daniel Squardon’s excellent work in the State Senate that Brian Kavanagh. As a leader in the Assembly, Brian Kavanagh has been progressive champion, fighting to clean up Albany, get illegal guns off our streets while standing up for our values. Now more than ever, we need Brian’s leadership in the State Senate as we fight for fair funding for our subways and busses. I’m honored to give Brian my full endorsement.”


Public Advocate Tish James

“We need Democratic leaders in the State Senate who we can trust to stand up for our values as New Yorkers, and that’s Brian Kavanagh. I know that Brian Kavanagh will be a voice for New York’s working men and women, just as he’s been in the State Assembly. On issues ranging from housing to jobs to homelessness, Brian will be a partner in moving our state forward. I’m proud to endorse Brian at this critical moment and look forward to working with him as our next State Senator.”


U.S. Congressmember Carolyn Maloney

“While working alongside Brian during his time in the Assembly, I have been continually impressed with his intelligence, work ethic, and values. I’m proud to endorse Brian Kavanagh for State Senate because I know he’ll continue to be a true progressive champion for all New Yorkers. I hope my neighbors in Manhattan and Brooklyn will join me by uniting behind Brian as our Democratic nominee."


U.S. Congressmember Hakeem Jeffries, who served in the Assembly with Kavanagh

"These are indeed challenging times that demand dedicated public servants. Brian’s legislative record on a whole host of issues indicates he will serve the people of Brooklyn well and fight for what is right.”


Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

“For the last 15 years, I’ve been privileged to work hand-in-hand with Brian Kavanagh, advocating to create the equitable and responsive government that New Yorkers deserve. Brian shares my values, including a deep belief in the power of government and a commitment to fight for our communities. I hope you’ll join me in supporting him for State Senate. I can say this confidently: Brian is a dedicated public servant and we need his strong, progressive voice in the State Senate.”


Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

“Brian Kavanagh has worked hard in the Assembly on issues of critical importance to Brooklyn -- affordable housing, reforming our criminal justice system, creating an equitable transportation system and combatting the effects of climate change. We look forward to working with him when he moves to the State Senate for the benefit of all Brooklyn residents.”


State Senator Brad Hoylman

“I've shared part of my district with Brian Kavanagh for the last five years. During this time, I've personally witnessed Brian's leadership on fighting for stronger rent laws and tenant protections, including his important legislation to increase the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption. As we continue to face an affordable housing crisis in our city, it's essential that New Yorkers elect legislators like Brian who understand the issue and know how to get things done in Albany. He'll be a great addition to the State Senate.”


State Senator Liz Krueger

“We need more champions in the State Senate for choice, our environment, and common-sense gun regulations and that’s why I’m endorsing Brian Kavanagh. We know we can trust Brian’s progressive values because of his years of work in the trenches and I look forward to him joining the Democratic Senate caucus in Albany.”


Former State Senator Daniel Squadron

“Brian Kavanagh has been an exemplary public official and will be an outstanding State Senator. His experience pushing to reform Albany and deliver results for those who need it most will make a big difference for the people and neighborhoods of the 26th Senate District. I am proud to endorse him today.”


State Senator Jose Serrano

“I’m proud to endorse Brian Kavanagh for State Senate. Brian will be a strong progressive voice in the Senate and will be a trusted advocate for working men and women in New York, which is exactly what we need more of in Albany.”


State Senator Brian Benjamin

“I’m proud to endorse Brian Kavanagh because he is a proven and trusted progressive who will work with us to take back the State Senate. Brian has earned the support of Democrats in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and he’s earned my support as well.”


Assemblymember Dick Gottfried

“I have spent decades in the State Assembly fighting to build a progressive future for our state and, for the last ten years, I’ve been joined by Brian Kavanagh in that effort. Now, I’m honored to endorse Brian’s candidacy for State Senate. Brian will be a progressive leader in the State Senate which, in the age of Trump, is sorely needed. He has my full support.”


Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou

“I ran for State Assembly on a pledge to reform Albany and I have long admired Brian Kavanagh’s commitment to that cause. Now, I’m honored to join the majority of the Democratic County Committee members in supporting Brian’s campaign. While we all wish that this process had been more open and democratic, I know that Brian will be terrific State Senator who will stand for our values and bring badly needed reform to the Albany status quo.”


Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal

“I am supporting Brian Kavanagh because he is strongly pro-choice and pro-reform. Brian’s progressive credentials are undeniable and that’s why I am supporting him 100%.”


Assemblymember Deborah Glick

“The Democratic County Committee members made the right choice by voting for Brian Kavanagh and I’m proud to add my endorsement to his cause. Brian will make us proud in the State Senate and will continue our fight for progressive reform to move New York forward."


Assemblymember Joe Lentol

"I have worked with Brian Kavanagh in the Assembly for more than a decade. I have seen his commitment to the issues that matter most. We’ve worked together to increase funding for mass transit and find real solutions to reform our criminal justice system. Now, I'm endorsing Brian Kavanagh for State Senate because he is the best choice to replace Daniel Squadron."


Assemblymember Dan Quart

"As a colleague of Brian’s in the Assembly, I’ve seen first hand how committed he is to progressive values and real reform. We need that same tenacity in the State Senate, and I’m proud to endorse Brian’s campaign. Brian will make a terrific State Senator and will continue to lead on the issue that matter to us most. I’m honored to back his candidacy.”


Assemblymember Walter Mosley

“Over the years, Brian Kavanagh has been a staunch advocate for affordable housing and a tireless leader in the efforts to reduce gun violence. I am endorsing him for New York State Senate because we need dedicated, fearless legislators who are willing to fight for the issues that matter. I admire Brian's longstanding commitment to representing the needs of all New Yorkers, and have no doubt he will continue this important work in the New York State Senate.”


Assemblymember Maritza Davila

"Brian Kavanagh and I have been partners in the Assembly, fighting to protect tenants and expand affordable housing. I am endorsing Brian because I know we can do even more to help our constituents when he is elected to the State Senate."


Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon and District Leaders Josh Skaller & Anne Swern

“We are happy to endorse Brian Kavanagh for Senate District 26. While we wish the process could have been more transparent and participatory, we believe Mr. Kavanagh to be an excellent match for the 52nd AD. He is a seasoned legislator with a long history of advocacy for election reform, public schools, affordable housing and the environment and the prevention of gun violence. We are confident that he can hit the ground running and look forward to working closely with him.”


City Councilmember Dan Garodnick

“Brian Kavanagh is smart, capable and will be a strong addition to the State Senate. Brian is the right choice to replace Dan Squadron and I am asking all my neighbors and constituents to support his candidacy.”

City Councilmember Brad Lander

“Brian Kavanagh will fight to combat climate change, strengthen the rent laws, and bring campaign finance reform to New York State. I have long admired Brian's record of fighting for progressive values in the Assembly and I know that he will make Brooklyn proud as our next State Senator. After all, his initials are BK!”

City Councilmember Stephen Levin

“I am proud to endorse Brian Kavanagh to be the next senator from the 26th District in Brooklyn and Manhattan. During his time in the Assembly, Brian has established himself as a consistent progressive voice for affordable housing, equitable transportation policy, and addressing income inequality. I look forward to working with him on these issues when he is the next senator.”


City Councilmember Corey Johnson

“New York State must be on the front lines of the resistance and that effort starts by electing trusted progressives like Brian Kavanagh to the State Senate. I’m proud to join the majority of Democratic County Committee members who are backing Brian’s candidacy. Brian is a progressive leader who will do the work necessary to make sure New York remains a bulwark against Donald Trump.”

City Councilmember Ben Kallos

“I have had the honor of working with Brian Kavanagh many times throughout my first term as City Council Member. I have witnessed firsthand Kavanagh’s commitment to progressive policies and his fierce advocacy for our city. I fully support him as the Democratic nominee for State Senate.”


City Councilmember Margaret Chin

 “I enthusiastically support Brian Kavanagh to be the next State Senator representing downtown Manhattan. Having partnered with Brian for years when he served in the State Assembly, I know he will a powerful advocate for our community by funding and promoting equity and diversity in our public schools, preserving and expanding affordable housing, and promoting services for seniors and New Yorkers of all ages.”  


Democratic Nominee for City Council Keith Powers

“Brian Kavanagh is a strong progressive choice for State Senate and I’m proud to support him. His record as Assemblymember has proven that not only is he committed to the progressive ideals that I hold dear, but that he can execute for District 4 and the rest of lower Manhattan time and time again. Democrats should unite behind Brian Kavanagh for State Senate."


Democratic Nominee for City Council Carlina Rivera

“I strongly support Brian Kavanagh for State Senate because of our work together on countless community issues and his tireless push to take care of families on the east side and Lower Manhattan. His experience in the state legislature is unmatched and his partnerships with local leaders will benefit our diverse neighborhoods. I am confident that with Brian in the Senate, we can continue fighting together to make the communities we represent safe and affordable for working and middle-class families, youth, and seniors.”


Kings County Democratic Chair Frank Seddio

“Brian Kavanagh has impressed his Brooklyn Assembly colleagues with his commitment to making government work for those who need it, whether mass transit riders, those who come in contact with our criminal justice system or tenants struggling to remain in their homes and their neighborhoods. When Democrats finally get together to take control of the chamber, we are confident he will serve his Brooklyn constituents effectively and progressively with honor and dignity.”


Working Families Party (WFP)

“The Working Families Party is proud to support Brian Kavanagh in the 26th Senate Districtspecial election,” said Bob Master, a co-chair of the WFP. “He has been a champion of progressive values in the Assembly, leading the charge on government accountability and  campaign finance reform. Brian has proven himself to be one of the most effective legislators in Albany, and we need someone who knows how to get things done in the Senate and will fight to grow the progressive majority we need to resist the Trump Republican agenda.”


Downtown Progressive Democrats

“Downtown Progressive Democrats voted to endorse Brian Kavanagh because we need a reliable progressive Democrat fighting for our community in the State Senate. Brian has already demonstrated leadership on issues of great concern to us, including his efforts to make sure that housing stays affordable for people in our community. We’re going to do everything in our power, in our party nomination process and in November, to help Brian win.” - John Scott, a DPD leader


Coalition for a District Alternative

“CoDA has endorsed Brian Kavanagh for the 26th State Senate District seat... Brian has served our community well, and we know he will fight the IDC and Republicans to fix a broken State Senate.”


New York League of Conservation Voters

 “The future of the New York City and our great state falls into the hands of our positive, proven leaders that are geared towards building a more environmentally-sound and just future. Brian Kavanagh has been a consistent ally of our environmental efforts for over a decade and we are proud to endorse him in his campaign for State State. We strongly encourage anyone who wants to see continued growth towards a healthier and more resilient New York to vote for Brian on November 7th,” said Marcia Bystryn, President



 "Our members decided to endorse Brian Kavanagh for State Senate because of his strong record in the Assembly fighting for issues important to working families, including raising the minimum wage in New York State, voting reforms, immigrant rights and union rights. We will work with him in the Senate to continue the fight for economic justice." - Hector Figueroa, President 

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