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AOC and Bernie Sanders Endorse Two Queens Progressives for Council Seats

Tiffany Cabán (left) and Jaslin Kaur were both endorsed by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this week (Photos courtesy of campaigns)

June 10, 2021 By Ryan Songalia

A pair of city council candidates in Queens received two high profile endorsements from leading progressives this week.

Jaslin Kaur, who is running to represent District 23, and Tiffany Cabán, District 22, were both endorsed by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this week.

Sanders also endorsed Moumita Ahmed in District 24, while Ocasio-Cortez announced her support for Jennifer Gutierrez in District 34.

Cabán embraced the big-name endorsements.

“From #MedicareforAll to a #GreenNewDeal, Bernie is a leader in the national fight for transformative social change,” Cabán tweeted, calling Sanders a “formidable fighter for working class folks.”

Cabán credits Ocasio-Cortez with inspiring her to run for office after the Bronx native upset long-time incumbent Joseph Crowley in their 2018 Democratic primary race.

“Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement is a reflection of our campaign being rooted in the most transformative vision for our city,” Cabán said.

Ocasio-Cortez described the former public defender from Astoria as someone with “vision, skills, and people-powered support we need in City Council to secure racial, social, and economic justice.”

Kaur, meanwhile, said she was honored to be endorsed by Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders.

“Two trailblazers have coalesced in the place I’ve called home my entire life. They gave me a path to run in the first place. Now it’s time to win,” tweeted Kaur, a Glen Oaks resident running to replace Barry Grodenchik in District 23, which includes the neighborhoods of Floral Park, Queens Village and Little Neck.

Cabán and Kaur were also endorsed in November by the New York City chapter of Democratic Socialists of America.

Gutierrez, whose district includes Ridgewood, said she was “so proud” to be endorsed by Ocasio-Cortez.

“She is a huge inspiration for me as a Latina running for office and I can’t wait to fight for a Green New Deal, public schools, and immigrant families when I get to City Hall,” Gutierrez said.

Meanwhile, Ahmed was backed by Sanders based on her history of advocating for working people.

Sanders described Ahmed as someone “who will always put working people before the interests of the wealthy and the powerful.”

Ahmed has long history with Sanders that dates back to his 2016 presidential campaign. She co-founded the “Millennials for Bernie” Facebook page, which has 400,000 followers, and served as a campaign delegate.

Cabán, Kaur, Ahmed and Gutierrez have also been endorsed by the political action committees (PACs) of Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders.

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Astoria Voter

Caban is a political climber who has been transplanted to Astoria in order to run for office. She does not know what this community needs. Please do not rank her when voting. And why hasn’t the press done any stories about her campaign staff during the DA race? You’d see patterns similar to those of Morales’ staff in recent weeks. She’s not qualified to be on city council.

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Failed ideology

Karl Marx and his odious ideology are alive and well in Queens.

The term “progressive” is merely the fig leaf Marx’s disciples currently wear to hide their naked communism.

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Kate

People in Astoria still have Bernie Sanders 2020 posters up. Astoria overwhelmingly voted for Tiffany Caban for Queens DA. Many young progressives live and moved to AOCs part of Astoria and beyond. Protests for defund the police were held in Astoria last summer. The big pro palestine community supports her. Many working families have also moved to Astoria during the pandemic from Corona Jackson Heights and Elmhurst. Giannaris supports her agenda. Caban will be the next city council. Its so obvious she will win.

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NO THANKS

Now I know for whom NOT TO VOTE. The progressives are ruining Astoria and voting for politicians who have no common sense, favor criminals, hate the police and hate other minorities such as the Jews. No thanks.

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just say no

Now I know who I should not vote for. Will not vote for any candidate who supports terrorism and hates Christians and Jews.

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LIC DIRECT

And many young progressives moved out during the pandemic from the district to live in their parents basements or in their childhood bedrooms. What is left are the diehard homeowning working class residents tired of all these wanna-be progressive politicians. No chance Caban, who only wants an elected position, remember her wanting to to be Qns DA, release all the prisioners, close rikers island jail, we’ve had enough of these progressives we need to return to conservative democrats, for our working families that pay for everything and not the criminal class, social climbing politicians like Caban.

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Jeff

What a shocker. Everyone, regardless of your race, religion or creed come out and vote. If you don’t vote don’t complain about crime, garbage in the street or homeless people. Don’t vote for these ultra liberal so called progressives. They will be the death of this city. You think DeBozo was bad wait until you see some of these others. Vote moderates.

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Maritza

The truth is Tiffany Caban does not need endorsement from anyone to win Astoria. All her campaign workers need to do is get the good people of Astoria Houses and Ravenswood to vote fir her and its a victory.

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Concerned Citizen

That will be a HARD no on either of them. Tiffany Caban is the most concerning of the bunch. Her stance on violent criminals is frightening and will result in more innocent lives lost.

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