New York Senate: Gillibrand Locks Down Two More Endorsements

Posted June 8, 2009 at 11:27am

Reps. Nydia M. Velazquez and Edolphus Towns endorsed appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s bid for the Democratic Party’s 2010 Senate nomination in New York, narrowing the field of potential endorsements for a possible rival.

In particular, Velazquez’s endorsement is important because Gillibrand has been criticized by Latino officials for her voting record on immigration issues when she represented a swing district in upstate New York in the House of Representatives.

Velazquez is the only Hispanic woman ever to chair a full committee in the House. Towns, who was first elected in 1982, represents a black-majority district in Brooklyn.