ENDORSEMENTS

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“It is time we bring real criminal justice reform to Queens – and the person to do that is Council Member Rory Lancman. For too long, young men and women of color have been the victims of racist, unequal “broken windows” policing policies. Rory has the courage to do what’s right in the face of opposition: he championed legislation that would outlaw the use of the chokehold in the NYPD. I stand with him on that and I stand behind him for District Attorney, so that we may finally see justice in Queens.” – Gwen Carr, Advocate and Mother of Eric Garner
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“We need a Queens District Attorney willing to hold police accountable for unlawful behavior, and who will ensure that officers and officials who break the law are prosecuted. Council Member Rory Lancman has sponsored legislation to make chokeholds a crime, and fought against the use of 50A to shield police officers from public scrutiny of prior misconduct. As our next District Attorney, Rory will not tolerate police malfeasance, whether it is violence against law-abiding citizens or perjury in the courtroom. He will work closely with the public and families impacted by police wrongdoing to ensure that justice is done. Rory Lancman has my enthusiastic support to be our next District Attorney.” – Valerie Bell

“I’ve lived in Queensbridge Houses my whole life, so I know we need a District Attorney with the courage to do the right thing for regular people. Rory Lancman is uniquely qualified to restore justice and integrity to the Queens District Attorney’s Office. He is a determined and tenacious fighter with a history of standing up for — and with — the underdog. I trust Rory and I’m voting for Rory.”

– April L. Simpson, president of the Queensbridge Houses Tenants Association

“I, Ann Cotton-Morris President of the Woodside Houses Tenant Association in Queens, support Rory Lancman for Queens District Attorney. His views incorporate the sentiment and the concerns of the community I have lived in for over 65 years. What we need here is a District Attorney with the tenacity to protect the rights of tenants and working people.”

Ann Cotton-Morris, President of the Woodside Houses Tenant Association in Queens

“As President of Astoria Houses Tenant Association, I want the District Attorney’s Office to have a real partnership with our community. Rory Lancman shares this expectation, as well as the same vision of bringing real justice to the criminal justice system. As the next Queens District Attorney, Rory will bring an end to broken windows policing, and hold police accountable to really protecting our communities. That’s why I’m voting for Rory Lancman on June 25th.”

– Claudia Coger, President of Astoria Houses Tenant Association

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“Rory is not only politically pro-Choice, but has demonstrated time and again his willingness to support and defend the thousands of women a year who access reproductive health services, including abortions, at my clinic in Jamaica, Queens.” – Merle Hoffman
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“I am delighted to endorse Councilman Rory Lancman to be the next District Attorney of Queens County.  In his work as a state legislator and now as a member of the City Council, I have worked closely with Rory on criminal justice reforms.  He has been a great supporter in my own efforts to create a humane and fair criminal justice system that at the same time ensures public safety.  Rory has been a strong ally and partner in working to close the Rikers Island jail facilities, reduce our reliance on cash bail, ensure speedy trials and combat wrongful convictions.” – Judge Jonathan Lippman
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“Queens urgently needs the criminal justice reform that Rory Lancman will bring to the District Attorney’s office, particularly for the young people, women and families I represent everyday. As Queens DA, Rory will ensure that the full letter and spirit of New York’s new ‘raise the age’ law is realized, and that domestic violence victims get the attention they deserve. Rory has my full support to be our next Queens DA.” – Jawan Finley, Esq.
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“Queens is in desperate need of criminal justice reform and the best person to deliver that is Rory Lancman. Rory has been a strong fighter for communities of color, whether it’s fighting to ban police chokeholds, close Rikers Island or end over-policing that criminalizes black and brown communities, Rory Lancman will be a District Attorney that will always fight for justice.” – Council Member Antonio Reynoso
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“The people of Queens need a District Attorney who is ready to fight injustice and bring true reform to our criminal justice system; Councilman Rory Lancman is that person. Time and again, Councilman Lancman has shown that he’s a progressive champion for criminal justice reform who is ready to fix the inequities that have festered in our system for too long. As District Attorney, he will put the people first and I am proud to support him.” – State Senator James Sanders Jr.
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“I think that Rory Lancman has the background and the experience to make the law work in Queens County. We need someone who has compassion, who has experience in criminal justice issues, who can really protect people in Queens County, who can make people feel safe, who can make w”

– Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan 

Rory Lancman Endorsement

“Queens is in desperate need of criminal justice reform and the best person to deliver that is Rory Lancman. Rory has been a strong fighter for communities of color, whether it’s fighting to ban police chokeholds, close Rikers Island or end over-policing that criminalizes black and brown communities, Rory Lancman will be a District Attorney that will always fight for justice.”


– Assemblymember Dan Rosenthal

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“Local 3 and its 30,000 members stand behind Rory Lancman as our next District Attorney because Rory has always stood behind us and all working people in the fight to protect our wages, our safety, and our retirement security. We need a DA who will treat wage theft, dangerous workplaces, and fraud as the serious crimes that they are. Working people deserve nothing less.” – Chris Erikson, Business Manager of IBEW Local 3

“Rory Lancman’s time in the State Assembly and the City Council has shown he is one of the most effective advocates for working people in Queens. Our union represents and organizes the most vulnerable and marginalized workers in our city today. Rory is the candidate of working people in the race for District Attorney. Rory has the clearest vision to support workers’ rights. He has pledged to build a new unit in the District Attorney’s office to combat rampant wage theft and protect workers from injury, harassment and discrimination. Rory’s 15 years of experience as a lawyer helping workers facing these same pervasive workplace issues is proof he is the right person to lead the way. We are ready to get to work electing Rory Lancman as the next Queens District Attorney.”

– Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)

“Throughout his career, Rory Lancman has stood in solidarity with the women and men of the labor movement, and now we are standing with him for Queens District Attorney.Rory spent the better part of fifteen years as a workplace rights lawyer, representing victims of employment discrimination and harassment, wage vtheft, and workplace injury. As an elected official, he has stood on picket lines, advocated for legal services to support victims of wage theft, fought for legislation to help bring down workplace injuries, and held hearings to find out how to prosecute wage theft. Simply put, Rory is the strongest candidate in the race to fight for our members” – John M. Heffernan, President of NYC Allied Printing Trades Council NY NJ CT.

“Rory Lancman has stood with, and stood up for, working people his entire career — as a lawyer, Assembly Member, and Council Member — and the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local Union #1 New York are proud to stand with him to be our next District Attorney in Queens. Unscrupulous contractors who cheat our members or any working person out of their wages, or expose them to injuries on the job, are committing crimes that too often go unpunished. As our next District Attorney, Rory Lancman will hold accountable those who steal from and endanger working people.” – Jerry Sullivan, Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local Union #1 New York
“The Workers United, NY/NJ Regional Joint Board is proud to endorse Rory Lancman to be our next Queens District Attorney. Our thousands of members trust that Rory will protect their wages, their right to organize, and the safety of their workplaces, whether they work in a nail salon, a manufacturing facility, retail store or a distribution center. We look forward to partnering with Rory as our next District Attorney to protect the rights and safety of all working people in Queens.” – Julie Kelly, Workers United, NY/NJ Regional Joint Board

“DC 1707 members endorse Rory Lancman to be our next Queens District Attorney because of his lifelong commitment to protecting workers’ safety and promoting their economic security. We want a fairer and more accountable criminal justice system, one that treats everyone humanely and focuses its resources on protecting working people’s wages, safety, and homes. We know Rory Lancman can deliver on these issues as our next Queens District Attorney.”
 Kim Medina, Executive Director of District Council 1707

“Whenever we needed Rory Lancman to fight for our members, he was always there, no questions asked. In 2014, he was there to support our members who are carriage horse drivers when their livelihood was about to be destroyed. In 2016, he was there to support school bus drivers and attendants, many of whom are single mothers, when they were facing increased healthcare costs. We know that as Queens District Attorney, Rory will continue to fight for the rights of workers in Queens, which is why we are supporting him.” – Demos Demopoulos, Teamsters Local 553 Executive Director

“Rory Lancman has been an invaluable partner in our effort to clean up the private sanitation industry to protect worker safety and ensure fair wages for our members and all workers. We need a Queens District Attorney who will confront the corruption and abuse of working men and women that is this industry’s hallmark, and that’s why we support Rory Lancman.” – Sean Campbell, President, Teamsters Local 813

“Throughout his career, Rory Lancman has stood in solidarity with the women and men of the labor movement, and now, we are standing with him for Queens District Attorney. From his fifteen years as an attorney in private practice prosecuting cases of wage theft to his time in the State Assembly and City Council, Rory knows that the issues of workplace safety, worker’s rights, and wage theft are endemic in many industries. He has stood with workers on picket lines, fought for legal services for victims of wage theft and held hearings to find out how to prosecute wage theft. We believe Rory is the strongest candidate in the race to fight for the rights, safety and wages of our members.”

– Thomas J. O’Donnell, President of Theatrical Teamsters Local 817

“Local 891 is proud to endorse Rory Lancman for Queens District Attorney. We are a union that represents New York City’s School Custodian Engineers. Our members are also public school parents, concerned citizens and taxpayers. Rory has always been a fierce defender of working people’s rights and a partner in making our schools safer and fair for everyone.” – Robert J. Troeller, Business Manager/President, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 891
“Local 94 will notify the active and retired members of our union, who reside in the City of New York, that we strongly support your candidacy, and will urge them, along with their families, to vote for you in the upcoming election. This letter herby authorizes you to publicize the Union’s endorsement of your candidacy and to use this endorsement in publications relations for your Queens District Attorney Race.” – Kuba J. Brown, Business Manager/Financial Secretary, Local 94 Operating Engineers

“Rory Lancman has always stood in solidarity with the women and men of the labor movement, which includes stagecraft professionals, and now the 3,500 members of Local One are standing with him for Queens District Attorney. Rory is the strongest candidate in the race to fight for fair wages; basic benefits such as health care, vacation, retirement accounts and pensions; safe and healthy workplace conditions; and regularly scheduled working hours.” – James J. Claffey, Jr., President of Local One, of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

“In the City council, Rory Lancman has proven time-and-again his commitment to
organized labor and to all of the working people of this great city. His tireless fight for worker’s safety,
wages, working conditions, and benefits, mirror the mission of Local No.4, clearly making him the best
candidate for Queens District Attorney.”
– Mark May, Political Director Local No.4, IATSE

“For too long, the District Attorney’s Office in Queens has utilized its power to target and harm communities of color. The DA has the power to choose whether or not to perpetuate and promote the school-to-prison pipeline. Young people of color are incarcerated for normal youth behavior and face extreme charges that leave them with a record, deciding the outcome of their life. This broken and unjust system must come to an end. It is time for a District Attorney who is actively invested in the communities they serve and standing at the forefront of true criminal justice reform. The Rockaway Youth Action Fund endorse Rory Lancman for Queens District Attorney to make the changes necessary to decarcerate Queens.” – Rockaway Youth Action Fund
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“Councilman Rory Lancman has proven to bring integrity, moral conscience and solutions to his political arena. He is a young man with a wealth of education and experience that has empowered and equipped his districts while in the Assembly and now in the NYC Council. Lancman was born and raised in Queens and has a heart for this great borough. Since I have known Rory I watched him fight for justice, stand tall for his community and be a voice to the voiceless. His uncompromised focus to represent all people unconditionally has set him apart from so many. Therefore, I am proud to endorse Rory Lancman for Queens DA.”

– Reverend Dr. Phil Craig

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“We need a District Attorney who understands the inequalities communities of color face in our criminal justice system and will fix them- and the person to do that in Queens Council Member Rory Lancman. As a long time champion for criminal justice reform, Rory Lancman will fight to make sure everyone in Queens has equal justice in the eyes of the law. The residents of Queens deserve a reformer as District Attorney, that’s why I am proud to endorse Rory Lancman”

– Bishop Calvin Rice

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“Communities of color in Queens have been suffering at the hands of a justice system that is unjust. Councilman Rory Lancman has spent his career pushing the envelope on criminal justice reform. Rory has made a firm commitment to finally bring true equality into our criminal justice system, by ending our city’s fervent prosecution of low-level offenses in communities of color, eliminating cash bail, and enforcing New York’s “Raise the Age” law. Electing a candidate for District Attorney like Rory is a step in the right direction for Queens.” – Bishop Erskine Williams
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“This election for District Attorney in Queens is vital for the future of our community and the best choice is Council Member Rory Lancman. Whether it’s advocating to reform our criminal justice system by closing Rikers Island, fighting to end broken windows, or working to make sure NYPD is held accountable to the communities they serve, Rory Lancman is the right person for the job. The next District Attorney must be a reformer who will fight for every community in Queens, which is why I am proud to support Rory Lancman.” – Reverend Mark S. Kellar
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“The next District Attorney should be a person of compassion, a person who has, of course, great knowledge of the law, a person who understands the diversity that exists in Queens, one of the most diverse counties. I am supporting Councilman Rory Lancman for Queens District Attorney. His involvement and moving around our community, I have noted as having been consistent. I have had many occasions to interact with him, and have always found him to be a person who is of sincere spirit, and real, real commitment to justice and fairness and right what is right for Queens.” – Reverend Dr Henry T. Simmons