Assemblyman Karim Camara Endorses Andrew Cuomo For Attorney General
Attorney General candidate Andrew Cuomo picked up the endorsement of New York Assemblyman Karim Camara (43rd District) of Brooklyn. In announcing his support for Cuomo, Camara pointed to the candidate’s record of addressing issues important to the inner city and his lifelong crusade for social justice.
“People in Brooklyn want their next Attorney General to be someone who understands our communities and their needs,” said Camara. “I know that Andrew will be an Attorney General who makes a real difference on behalf of Brooklyn’s most vulnerable. I know Andrew will do it because he has done it before.”
The two men’s careers first intersected when Camara and Cuomo were both doing community-based development work. Camara worked with the American Red Cross of Greater New York in their Emergency Family Center and Cuomo was leading Housing Enterprise for Less Privileged (HELP). HELP, which became the nation’s largest private provider of transitional housing for homeless individuals and families, began its work in the Borough of Brooklyn and Camara worked at HELP I on occasion.
“I began my career with Andrew, working in the HELP I program he pioneered,” continued Camara. “Today, there is so much more to do to continue the social justice crusade we began at HELP. When Andrew is Attorney General, I look forward to working with him as he enforces anti-discrimination laws, prosecutes predatory lenders, and battles the Bush Administration on behalf of the housing and community development funds we need and deserve.”
“It’s with great pride that I accept Assemblyman Camara’s support,” said Cuomo. “Every New Yorker deserves to live in a neighborhood that is safe, affordable, vibrant, and true to the promise of our state. As Attorney General, I’ll fight to ensure everyone in this state gets the opportunity to live and work and raise their families with the dignity they deserve. Assemblyman Camara has my highest respect. He comes from a tradition and philosophy that I admire: using government to make a difference for New Yorkers who need help.”
Assemblyman Camara joins the growing ranks of leading New Yorkers who have endorsed Cuomo’s campaign, including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, former Manhattan Borough President Percy Sutton, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Congressman Edolphus Towns, Assemblyman Darryl Towns, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, former NYC Councilwoman Margarita Lopez, Queens County Democratic Chairman Tom Manton, Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Rich Schaffer, and State Senator Tom Duane.#