For Immediate Release

Contact: Paul Nelson



Brooklyn, NY - On Friday, June 13, Jo Anne Simon was joined by US Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, NYS Assemblywoman Joan Millman and community leaders on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall as she officially announced her candidacy for the New York State Assembly. Last month, after 17 years in office, Assemblywoman Millman announced that she was not seeking re-election and promptly threw her support behind Jo Anne.

"Jo Anne Simon's experience as a community leader and champion for the rights of the disabled make her uniquely qualified to continue the work of Joan Millman in the State Assembly," said Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez. "I am proud to support her and proud to call her a friend." 

"Jo Anne is an independent fighter who also exhibits the rare ability to build broad-based coalitions to solve the issues the 52nd Assembly District has faced over the last 20 years," said Assemblywoman Millman. She added, "Jo Anne is the perfect person to represent this district in Albany and I am proud to support her and to vote for her on September 9."

In the 2009, the New York Times endorsed Jo Anne for City Council, saying she "has an impressive legal background and has been a strong community organizer who has done important work for the disabled. We endorse Ms. Simon."

Jo Anne has served as the female Democratic District Leader and State Committeewoman, an unpaid party leadership position, for the 52nd Assembly District since 2004. She was a dynamic leader in ending Vito Lopez' politics-as-usual in the Brooklyn Democratic Party.  In 2012, she was in the forefront of the effort to force Lopez from office and adopt a series of long-overdue reforms to open up the Kings County Democratic Committee. 

A former President of the Boerum Hill Association, she has worked with neighborhood groups in achieving tangible results that make a difference for our families. She has been one of the leaders in the fight to save LICH, being one of over a dozen people arrested last summer, including Assemblywoman Millman and then Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, to protest the planned closing of the hospital.

In her professional life, Jo Anne is an attorney representing workers and students who have been victims of discrimination. She's also an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School, and a national expert in education and disability rights.

Jo Anne has also been endorsed by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery, and former NYC Councilmember, now Deputy Brooklyn Borough President, Diana Reyna.

More information about Jo Anne Simon and photos from the kick-off announcement can be found by visiting the campaign website at