Endorsements

Organizations

  • Communication Workers of America District 1

“Labor unions are under attack like never before and New York has a responsibility to stand up and fight to protect union jobs and collective bargaining rights for all workers,” said Melissa Sklarz, candidate for New York State Assembly in the 30th District. “I am honored to accept the endorsement of CWA District 1 and their 65,000 members. As a pro-worker candidate, I am ready to get to Albany and fight for workers’ rights, economic fairness, and equality for all. I can think of no better ally than CWA as we seek to make Albany more accountable to the needs of all New Yorkers.”

  • National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund

“Melissa Sklarz has been a longtime Queens community advocate and is the progressive leader her constituents deserve. Unlike her opponent, who voted against the Reproductive Health Act twice, Melissa understands that reproductive rights and abortion access are non-negotiable. We are excited to have her fighting for us in Albany. The NIRH Action Fund PAC is proud to endorse Melissa Sklarz for Assembly.”

  • Eleanor’s Legacy

“We are ecstatic to endorse Melissa Sklarz for New York State Assembly,” said Brette McSweeney, President of Eleanor’s Legacy. “Our goal is to elect highly qualified, pro-choice women to office and Melissa fits that bill. We have no doubt that Melissa will stand up for women and this includes supporting the Reproductive Health Act, something her opponent has voted against twice, despite its widespread support in the Assembly. I know that Melissa will stop at nothing to make sure all women in New York are treated equally under the law.”

  • Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts
  • Citizen Action
  • National Association of Social Workers, NYC Chapter
  • National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund
  • Victory Fund
  • Stonewall Democrats of NYC
  • Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens
  • Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club

Elected Officials

  • Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer

“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,” said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Queens). “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.”

  • Councilmember Daniel Dromm

“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 Council Member Daniel Dromm (D-Queens). “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. I am proud to support her and call her a friend.”

  • Former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito

“More women in Albany is a good thing and I can think of few people more capable than Melissa. 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.”

  • Former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn

“I’ve known Melissa for more than 20 years and can tell you she is a fighter for what is right,” said former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. “I am endorsing her run for State Assembly because she has the experience and integrity needed to serve her constituents. She is ready to get to Albany and fight to protect a women’s right to choose, safeguard our immigrant neighbors, expand affordable housing, make it easier to vote, provide every child with access to quality education, and so much more. I am proud to support Melissa and I urge others to do the same.”

  • Assemblymember Deborah Glick

“I am poud to endorse Melissa Sklarz for State Assembly,” said Assemblymember Deborah Glick. “Over the years, Melissa and I have fought together for civil rights, reproductive freedom, and equality. As a longtime leader on women’s health and reproductive freedom, I look forward to having Melissa as a vocal ally of mine on bills such as the Reproductive Health Act. Together, with legislators like Melissa, Danny and myself, we will get things done for the people of New York.”

  • Assemblymember Danny O’Donnell

“Melissa is a proven leader who is ready to hit the ground running and deliver for tenants, immigrants, straphangers, students, women, and working families,” said Assemblymember Danny O’Donnell. “I have known and worked with Melissa for 25 years, and during that time I’ve seen Melissa fight for what is right. I know that in government, she would continue to fight every day for the best interests of her constituents and bring home the resources her community needs and deserves.”

  • Assemblymember Harry Bronson

“Melissa Sklarz stands for protecting the rights of all New Yorkers, including women, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, organized labor, small business owners, and public-school teachers,” said Assemblymember Harry Bronson. “Melissa and I both share a commitment and passion for social justice, equality, and an opportunity to succeed for all. I believe she will be a strong advocate for all residents of the 30th Assembly District and I look forward to calling her my colleague in the Assembly.”

  • Former Councilmember Jimmy Vacca