Former Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito Endorses Melissa Sklarz

Former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito Endorses Melissa Sklarz for New York State Assembly

Queens, New York:Today, former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito officially endorsed Melissa Sklarz for the New York State Assembly in District 30, citing Melissa’s ability to get results in Albany and at City Hall and her passion for public service. The district includes Woodside and Maspeth plus parts of Sunnyside, Astoria, Long Island City, and Middle Village.

“More women in Albany is a good thing and I can think of few people more capable than Melissa,” said former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito. “She has the vision and experience we need in our elected officials. I have personally witnessed Melissa’s passion for civil rights and her ability to produce results both at City Hall and in Albany. I’m confident she will accomplish great things for her constituents and I am proud to endorse her candidacy for New York State Assembly.”

Melissa Mark-Viverito served as the Speaker of the New York City Council from 2014 to 2017, the first Puerto Rican and Latina to hold citywide office. In 2014, Melissa Sklarz served on the former Speaker’s transition team, which helped the Speaker build an experienced and progressive team as she began her term. Led by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the New York City emerged as a national leader in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform. Speaker Mark-Viverito was also an outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform and launched the Young Women’s Initiative to address disparities faced by women in education, workforce development, healthcare, and the criminal justice system. Melissa Mark-Viverito currently serves as Senior Advisor at the Latino Victory Fund, an organization aimed at increasing Latino representation in local, state and federal government.

“I am humbled to receive the endorsement of someone like Melissa who I have learned so much from about advocating and legislating,” said Sklarz. “Like Melissa, I know that you never do anything by yourself – you must build coalitions and negotiate to get results. My district needs to know that they have a fighter, something that Melissa’s constituents knew during her time in the Council. I’m ready to go to Albany with the mindset that the people of the 30thAssembly District expect you to get things done.”