Dear Friends,

It has been an honor and a privilege to represent the 52nd Assembly District as your Democratic State Committeewoman and District Leader, and to work closely with Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman and my co-leaders over the past 10 years - Alan Fleishman, Chris Owens, and just recently, Josh Skaller. Together we have fought for our communities and for accountability, transparency and independence in Brooklyn politics.

Recently, Assemblywoman Millman announced that she is not seeking re-election. I am running for her seat with her strong support, for which I am profoundly honored and grateful. I am also proud to have the support of Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, and NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, to name two others who have endorsed me.

I ask for your continued support in a new role - that of New York State Assemblywoman. To do this, I will need your help financially and with "boots on the ground" - petitioning, leafleting, and knocking on doors - to bring our message of reform, accountability and humanity to Albany.

Please use the features on this new website to let me know how we can work together for victory in this election for state Assembly.

Thank you for your support.


Jo Anne


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Concern in Brooklyn as LICH ER shrinks

July 15, 2014

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SUNY says NYU is prepping space for September move-in

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Supporters of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) rallied outside the Cobble Hill hospital's emergency department on Thursday to express concern about SUNY shrinking what remains of the ER.

SUNY workers moved the unit into the hospital's former pediatric emergency department, a smaller space.

SUNY, which has kept the ER open as a walk-in urgent care clinic as part of its sale of LICH to developer Fortis Property Group, says it is preparing the full ER space for NYU, which will be operating a "walk-in ER" there starting in September.

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Here Come the Candidates to Succeed Joan Millman in the 52nd NYS Assembly District | Brooklyn...

July 7, 2014

Three Democrats are lining up to win the party's nomination to succeed Joan Millman in the 52nd AD, which covers Brooklyn Heights. Millman announced her retirement from the Assembly earlier this year.

First up is Jo Anne Simon, the Democratic District Leader for the 52nd AD, who has a long history of civic activity. She is Millman's pick in the race. Other endorsing Simon include, according to her campaign: NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Congresswomen Nydia Velazquez and Yvette Clarke, Assemblymembers Jim Brennan, Deborah Glick, Annette Robinson, and Walter Mosley, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery, NYC Councilmembers Rosie Mendez, Carlos Menchaca and Antonio Reynoso and former NYC Councilmember, now Deputy Brooklyn Borough President, Diana Reyna. Additionally, the Brooklyn Young Democrats, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats (CBID), Lambda Independent Democrats (LID), and the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club. ...

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Sikora launches campaign for Millman's Assembly seat

July 1, 2014

Harsh words over Lander endorsement

By Mary Frost

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

1 July 2014

Pete Sikora officially launched his candidacy for Brooklyn's 52nd-Assembly District on Smith Street Tuesday morning with endorsements from state Senator Daniel Squadron, Councilmembers Brad Lander and Steve Levin, and a clutch of adorable toddlers.

Sikora is running against Jo Anne Simon and Doug Biviano for Joan Millman's seat. The district includes Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, DUMBO and part of Park Slope.

Sikora, the New York State Legislative Director for the Communications Workers of America, stressed his progressive credentials. "These are great neighborhoods in the 52nd Assembly District," he said, "and we have to fight to preserve them from the threats of income inequality, increasing housing unaffordability and climate change."

He spoke about fighting to keep Walmart out of the city and working to keep Long Island College Hospital (LICH) open. "I've worked on issues that really matter in this area."

One of his "nerdier" goals in Albany will be to "create a program of mandatory efficiency upgrades for large and medium size buildings that would reduce carbon pollution and reduce income inequality by generating tens of thousands of good, sustainable jobs," he said.

Councilmember Lander said the district needed someone like Sikora who would "fight for progressive values in government, try to win a more equal city, address the challenges of climate change, make sure the rights of workers are respected, address the issues of health care on the policy level, and fight in the neighborhoods to improve our schools and make them better."

Sikora's opponent Jo Anne Simon fired back at Lander for his endorsement. On Tuesday morning Simon said that she was "dismayed that Brad would support a paid lobbyist with such limited involvement within our district and the organizations that are its lifeblood over my proven record of community activism, leadership and reform."

"Brad and I had good conversations about this campaign and how my experience as a community activist and Democratic District Leader would be an asset in the State Assembly," she said. "We have both been leaders in the progressive movement in Democratic politics. We have been on the same side of many of the issues we face in the 52nd Assembly District." ...

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