Quinn: We Need More Representatives in Congress Who Can Empower Our Most Vulnerable and Stand up for Marginalized Communities

Former New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn announced today her endorsement of Adam Schleifer for Congress in the race for New York’s 17th Congressional District. Quinn, a long-time New York Democratic leader, advocate for LGBTQ, women’s, and homeless issues, pointed to Schleifer’s record of standing up for marginalized communities.

“Adam Schleifer’s successful career in state and federal service and his passion for justice proves that he will be a powerful advocate for communities who need a stronger voice in government,” said Quinn. “There are a great number of well-qualified and capable candidates in this race, many who have unique qualities they could bring to Congress, but in Adam, we have someone who I know will be an aggressive advocate for the marginalized communities I care about the most. I have known him since he and his wife, Nicole, marched alongside me in the Brooklyn Gay Pride Parade almost a decade ago and I know Adam will be a tenacious and effective advocate for his district.”

Christine Quinn is the Vice Chair of the New York State Democratic Committee and the former Speaker of the New York City Council. As City Council speaker, she was New York City’s second most powerful public servant and the first female and first openly gay person to hold the role. She is a leading progressive voice on issues of homelessness, LGBTQ equality, women’s reproductive health, and affordable housing.

“Christine Quinn has spent decades fighting for the progressive causes we all care about and has been a tireless leader on marriage equality, LGBTQ rights, women’s reproductive health, homelessness, and standing up to hate crimes. I am humbled by her endorsement, and I am committed to emulating her example in fighting for everyone’s right to pursue their own version of the American Dream.”

Quinn’s announcement today is the latest in a series of high-profile endorsements for Schleifer, who just last week received the support of U.S Senator Chris Dodd and U.S. Representative Steve Israel. He was also endorsed by three prominent Democrats in northern Westchester: Vivian McKenzie, Peekskill Councilwoman and Deputy Mayor, Drew Claxton, former Deputy Mayor of Peekskill, and Ossining Deputy Mayor Rika Levin.

A former-Assistant United States Attorney, Schleifer prosecuted major federal crimes including major financial frauds, illegal gun possession, environmental crimes, sexual violence and intimidation, and child pornography.

Prior to serving in the Justice Department, Adam served as a Special Associate Counsel for the New York State Department of Financial Services, where he helped lead consumer-protection enforcement efforts against predatory payday and subprime auto lenders who were targeting minorities, veterans, and low-income New Yorkers, and took on fraud and abuse in the health insurance and financial markets. Schleifer’s successful efforts to root out unfair practices in New York and nationwide contributed to fairness, transparency, and efficiency in New York’s banking and insurance markets.

Schleifer, 38, graduated from Chappaqua’s public schools in 1999 and went on to attend Cornell University and Columbia University Law School, where he served as a Senior & Staff Development Editor on the Columbia Law Review. After graduating from law school, Schleifer served two years as a federal law clerk, first in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and then in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He and his wife, Nicole, are residents of New Castle.

Read more about Adam Schleifer at www.AdamSchleifer.com.