July 27, 2018 By Tara Law
Councilmembers Daniel Dromm and Jimmy Van Bramer announced that they are endorsing Melissa Sklarz for State Assembly today.
Sklarz is challenging incumbent Brian Barnwell for the 30th District Assembly seat, which represents Woodside, Maspeth, and portions of Astoria, Sunnyside, Long Island City, Elmhurst and Middle Village.
Sklarz, who would be the first transgender member of the New York Assembly, says that she aims to strengthen rent laws, work to fight homelessness, invest in the transit system and improve services for the elderly.
Dromm expressed confidence in Sklarz and referred to her as his friend.
“I am proud to endorse Melissa Sklarz for State Assembly because it’s clear she has a vision for change, and the experience needed to get results up in Albany,” said Daniel Dromm. “As someone who ran an insurgent campaign for City Council in 2009, with the help of people like Melissa, I know that she will go to Albany ready to challenge authority and stand up for what is right.”
Van Bramer said that he believed in her commitment to progressive values.
“Queens values are under attack and we need progressive leaders in Albany who are ready to stand up and protect the rights of all New Yorkers,” Van Bramer said. “Over the years, Melissa has exhibited a rare ability to build broad based coalitions to solve issues. I know she will provide strong leadership and be an outspoken voice for affordable housing, public transportation, education, women, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community.”
Sklarz said that she found Van Bramer and Dromm’s endorsement of her campaign to be “humbling.”
“Council Members Dromm and Van Bramer exemplify what it means to be public servants. Their support is invaluable to this campaign,” said Sklarz. “I look forward to working as their counterparts in the Assembly to fight for our constituents. In the meantime, I look forward to continuing to get our message out through grassroots efforts and adding more volunteers and voters to our team who are excited about my campaign’s mission to drive real change in Albany.”
Sklarz has also received endorsements from the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund, National Association of Social Workers, Citizen Action, Victory Fund, Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, and the Stonewall Democratic Club. She also received a “candidate distinction” from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.