July 30, 2022 By Christian Murray
Elizabeth Crowley has received two high-profile endorsements from leading moderates in New York City.
Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams have both announced their support of Crowley’s candidacy for the 59th state senate district, a hotly contested seat that covers Astoria and Long Island City, as well as northern Brooklyn and parts of Manhattan.
“Elizabeth Crowley has a proven record of getting results for New Yorkers,” said Mayor Adams in a statement. “She has the leadership experience and knows how to govern during difficult times.”
Meanwhile, Speaker Adrienne Adams said, “Elizabeth Crowley has been a tireless fighter for the people of New York. As a former colleague I’ve seen her work firsthand.”
Crowley, who represented Council District 30 from January 2009 through to the end of 2017, is in a competitive race where she is pitted against Kristen Gonzalez, who has the backing of the Democratic Socialists of America and Working Families Party; progressive candidate Nomiki Konst, a DSA member who unsuccessfully ran for Public Advocate in 2019; and Mike Corbett, a moderate who at one point worked in the district office for former Councilmember Costa Constantinides.
Earlier this week, Françoise Olivas, a progressive candidate from Greenpoint, dropped out of the race and backed Crowley.
Adrienne Adams in making her endorsement credited Crowley with helping get more women elected to the city council.
Crowley was a co-founder and a leading voice of the 21 in ’21 initiative, an effort started in 2017 to elect more women to the city council. The campaign proved successful since the council now has a female majority.
“As an advocate to elect the first majority female council, she’s helped to create more change in New York City,” Adrienne Adams said. “I’m confident she’ll do so for New York State once in the Senate.”
Adrienne Adams is the second council member to back Crowley. Lynn Schulman, who represents Rego Park and Forest Hills, is also supporting her. Crowley also has the support of Congressmember Gregory Meeks and the Queens Democratic Organization, in addition to two dozen unions including the United Federation of Teachers, Communication Workers of America and the Doctors Council.
Many city council members, however, have lined up behind Gonzalez, including leading progressives such as Tiffany Cabán, Lincoln Restler, Chi Ossé and Jennifer Gutiérrez.
Gonzalez has a slew of progressive supporters including Congressmembers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Nydia Velazquez; Comptroller Brad Lander; State Senators Mike Gianaris and Julia Salazar; State Assemblymembers Jessica González-Rojas and Zohran Mamdani, and many other elected officials.
Crowley says she is glad to have picked up the support of both the mayor and council speaker.
“I am grateful for the support of Mayor Eric Adams,” Crowley said. “His clear commitment to improving the lives of everyday New Yorkers is evident in his hands-on approach to governing our city. I look forward to fighting together on the pressing issues that matter most to New York’s working families including affordable housing and public safety.”
Crowley also said it was “an honor to be endorsed by Speaker Adrienne Adams, a true trailblazer and advocate for working families.”
The primary election is Aug. 23.