November 10, 2014
Democrat Jo Anne Simon handily won her bid for Brooklyn's state Assembly District 52 Tuesday with 17,293 votes, around 70 percent of the vote, according to The Associated Press.

Liberal Pete Sikora, running on the Working Families Party line, received 5,582 votes, around 22 percent of the vote.

The result is unsurprising, as Sikora essentially stopped running his campaign after losing the Democratic primary to Simon, and even stated in an election-day tweet that people "should vote for [Jo Anne Simon]".

In a strange twist, Working Families Party flyers informed voters to vote for Jo Anne Simon, even though Sikora, a researcher for the CWA union, was listed as the candidate for the Working Families Line.

Simon, a lawyer and community activist, will replace longtime Democratic Assemblywoman Joan Millman on January 7 of next year, marking the third-straight time District 52 will be represented by a woman, a tradition that has lasted 33 years.

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Today WFP supporters are handing out palm cards outside local polling places. These cards include an orange sticker asking you to vote for Jo Anne Simon for state Assembly. 

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Working Families Party NY State Director Bill Lipton Urges Voters to Support Jo Anne Simon for Assembly. To see Bill Lipton's letter in support of Jo Anne go to:

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The link mentioned in the letter above can be accessed at the iink above.

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman

U. S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Congresswomen Nydia Velázquez and Yvette Clarke

NYC Public Advocate Letitia James

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery

New York State Assembly Members Jim Brennan, Deborah Glick, Walter Mosley, Annette Robinson, and Matthew Titone

New York City Council Members Carlos Menchaca, Antonio Reynoso, Rosie Mendez and Helen Rosenthal

Brooklyn-Queens NOW PAC

Brooklyn Young Democrats

Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats

Citizens Union (Preferred candidate in the Democratic Primary)

Council of School Supervisors & Administrators, Local 1 American Federation of School Administrators, AFL-CIO

District Council 37 AFSCME, AFL-CIO

Eleanor's Legacy

EMILY's List

Empire State Pride Agenda

504 Democratic club

Independent Neighborhood Democrats (for General Election)

The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club

Lambda Independent Democrats

Local 891 of the International Union of Operating Engineers

NARAL Pro-Choice New York 

National Association of Social Workers - Political Action for Candidate Election (NASW-NYC PACE)


New York State AFL-CIO

New York State United Teachers

New York Times

Organization of Staff Analysts

Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York PAC

Planned Parenthood New York City Votes

Professional Staff Congress, AFT Local #2334 

Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform

Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC 

Uniformed Fire Officers Association  

United Federation of Teachers

Women's Campaign Fund

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NASW-NYC PACE Endorses Jo Anne Simon

September 19, 2014

September 19, 2014

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The UFT-endorsed candidates -- from seasoned hands to newcomers -- won big in the Sept. 9 primary races. The strong showing by the union's choices for the state Senate bodes well for turning that chamber Democratic, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said.

"A true Senate Democratic majority is within our reach," said Mulgrew. "There are more Senate seats in our grasp than we thought was possible."

All of the union's preferred state Senate candidates were victorious, indicating a strong hand for the Democrats as they head toward the November elections.

Jesse Hamilton had a huge victory, garnering 64.9 percent of the vote in a crowded field competing for the District 20 seat in Brooklyn vacated by Eric Adams, the borough president. Leroy Comrie, the former city councilmember, won a decisive victory in Queens Senate District 14, with 69.4 percent.

The other UFT-endorsed State senate primary winners are: Adriano Espaillat, District 31 (Manhattan); James Sanders Jr., District 10 (Queens); Toby Ann Stavisky, District 16 (Queens); Martin Malave Dilan, District 18 (Brooklyn); Gustavo Rivera, District 33 (the Bronx); and Jeffrey Klein, District 34 (Bronx-Westchester).

In the Assembly, Jo Anne Simon won one of the most hotly contested races in the 52nd District in Brooklyn, with nearly 53 percent of the vote, although the UFT was the only union to throw its support behind her. ...

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Among Assembly candidates to watch

Marsha MichaelMarsha MichaelRebecca SeawrightRebecca SeawrightLori BoozerLori BoozerJo Anne SimonJo Anne SimonLatoya JoynerLatoya Joyner

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Welcome to the online Citizens Union 2014 Primary Election Voters Directory!  Download it Here

On Tuesday September 9th, 2014 registered voters in New York will head 
to the polls for the Primary Election. Citizens Union's Voters 
Directory helps voters by providing a comprehensive overview of the 2014 
party primary elections, including voting and registration information and 
listings of every contest for all races on the ballot. 

Citizens Union also evaluates candidates in certain races and issues 
preferences. This page contains information regarding each of the 
15 races that were evaluated, accessed through the links for each 
district below, and indicates our preferred candidates in bold. 

elections are available; please note, however, that due to limited 
capacity, Citizens Union is not able to evaluate every race taking place 
in New York City.

past preference and endorsement decisions
 are also available.

Have questions about voting and registration? 
Find information here.

Remind everyone you know to vote on Primary Day Tuesday, September 9, 2014.  Let's work to make New York the most progressive state in the nation and let's elect the first female Governor of the State of New York!

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Brooklyn-Queens NOW has endorsed the following candidates. If we are going to stand any chance of passing our legislative agenda (Women's equality, Fair Elections, living wages, paid maternity leave, etc.) then we need to not only take back the state senate but also ensure that more progressives are elected to the state assembly and to the Governor's Mansion. We need your help!

Jo Anne SimonNYS Assembly District 52

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New Palm Card Features N. Y. Times & Other Endorsements

September 4, 2014

September 4, 2014

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For immediate release

Sept. 4, 2014

For more information contact: Shino Tanikawa, info@nyckidspac.org , 917-770-8438


NYC KidsPAC endorses Teachout for Governor, Jackson, Liu, Koppell for State Senate;

Fedkowskyj and Simon for Assembly


Today, NYC KidsPAC, a political action committee composed of parent leaders devoted to strengthening our public schools, announced its endorsements in the Democratic primary due to take place next Tuesday, Sept. 9. KidsPAC endorsed Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, over the incumbent Andrew Cuomo and his running mate, Kathy Hochul.

KidsPAC's other endorsements in contested races include: Robert Jackson for State Senate District 31 in Manhattan, John Liu for the 11th Senate District seat in Queens, Dmytro Fedkowskyj for Assembly Seat District 30 in Queens, Oliver Koppell for Senate District 34 Seat in the Bronx, and Jo Anne Simon, campaigning to replace retiring Joan Millman in the 52nd Assembly District in Brooklyn.   ...

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NYSUT Endorses Jo Anne Simon

September 4, 2014

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Jo Anne Simon (D) 52nd Assembly District, (Kings)
Jo Anne Simon is running for the open Assembly seat in District 52. As a longtime and strong advocate of LGBT equality, she supports the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), the Child-Parent Security Act (CPSA), the bill to protect LGBT youth from conversion efforts, and increasing services for homeless LGBT youth.

"My top priorities are fighting for adoption surrogacy protection, the passage of GENDA and increasing services for homeless LGBTQ youth."

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Jo Anne Simon for Assembly, 52nd District
Jo Anne SImon for AssemblyJo Anne Simon brings years of grassroots activism with a clear sense of the challenges in Albany.  She not only has a proven track record of standing up for our communities, but she is an advocate for an issue that more people should care about, disability rights. She has earned a national reputation as an advocate in this field. We also consider her efforts in BrooklynSpeaks an essential qualification for the job. It is a thorny job to deal with the challenges of Atlantic Yards, and we do not want an assembly representative who is learning about that on the job.  We proudly endorse Jo Anne Simon.

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Jo Anne Simon today. (Photo: Ross Barkan)

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Jo Anne Simon may have the endorsements of Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer and a host of local elected officials, but the mayor's decision not to back her stung just a bit, she implied this morning.

Ms. Simon, at a press conference in Gowanus, Brooklyn, said Mr. de Blasio's choice to back Pete Sikora, an economist with the Communication Workers of America, over herself was a "disappointment."

"I was disappointed. I think that's the word, that the mayor chose to support someone who is politically aligned with him in a different fashion, with the Working Families Party for a number of years," Ms. Simon told the Observer, charging Mr. Sikora lacked her extensive background in activism. "He's somebody who simply doesn't have the background and the knowledge of the district." ... 

Read the whole story at: http://observer.com/2014/09/simon-disappointed-after-mayor-endorses-sikora/#ixzz3CDPZ924R


For Immediate Release

September 2, 2014

Contact: Carrie Mumah at carrie.mumah@ppnyc.org or (404) 310-0302


Planned Parenthood NYC Votes Announces 2014 Electoral Endorsements

Announcement is First of Rolling Endorsements

NEW YORK - Planned Parenthood NYC Votes today proudly announced its first endorsements for the 2014 election cycle. Endorsements will be rolled out throughout the fall leading up to the general election on November 4.

"New York State was once this nation's leader in advancing women's health and rights, and we need to reclaim that leadership role," said Joan Malin of Planned Parenthood NYC Votes. "In 2014, we must elect champions who will go to Albany to work to improve access to reproductive health care and support critical bills like the Women's Equality Act and the Boss Bill, and not undermine their passage."

Candidates for Senate and Assembly seats were asked to complete a questionnaire. Planned Parenthood NYC Votes staff and board members have also interviewed candidates in key races. The questionnaire can be found here: http://www.ppnycaction.org/questionnaire.

The following is a full list of Planned Parenthood NYC Votes endorsements to date:


Michaelle Solages

Nily Rozic

Michele Titus

Michael DenDekker

Catherine Nolan

Helene Weinstein

Rodneyse Bichotte

Steven Cymbrowitz

Jo Anne Simon


CSA Endorsements in the Democratic Primary, September 9, 2014


New York State Assembly

Rodneyese Bichotte (D42)
Felix Ortiz (D51)
Jo Anne Simon (D52)
Erik Dilan (D54)
Latrice Walker (D55)
Roxanne Persaud (D59)
Charles Baron (D60)

New Palm Card Features N. Y. Times Endorsement

August 30, 2014

August 30, 2014

The New York Times


AUG. 29, 2014

Assembly District 52 (Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, parts of Prospect Heights): Voters are fortunate to have two good candidates to replace the departing assemblywoman, Joan Millman. Jo Anne Simon, a respected lawyer, has been a stalwart worker for the community, helping to fight Vito Lopez, the borough's tyrannical former Democratic Party leader. She is running against Pete Sikora, a union official who has worked with reform groups, including the New York Public Interest Research Group. Both candidates have endorsements they can be proud of, but Ms. Simon is well known for her dedicated work for the people of the district. Of two worthy candidates, Jo Anne Simon is our choice.

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This may be the biggest endorsement yet in the 52nd Assembly race in Brooklyn. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joins retiring Assembly member Joan Millman, current Assembly member Jim Brennan, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez, the National Organization of Women, Planned Parenthood, and all four LGBT organizations that are endorsing in the race:


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Women's Campaign Fund is proud to endorse Jo Anne Simon in her race for New York's 52nd Assembly District," said Clare Bresnahan, Political & Programs Director for WCF. "With her extensive political experience as District Leader and State Committeewoman, her legal expertise, and her record as an effective community advocate, Jo Anne is the most qualified candidate to represent the 52nd district in Albany."

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New York State United Teachers has released its full slate of 2014 endorsements

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Dozens of candidates from both sides of the aisle who have demonstrated a commitment to LGBT equality endorsed(New York, NY)  

The Empire State Pride Agenda, New York's statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today announced its second round of endorsements for the 2014 election season, which includes dozens of candidates from both sides of the aisle who have demonstrated a commitment to LGBT equality.

"We're proud to endorse another round of candidates for state office with a proven commitment to LGBT equality and justice," said Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Nathan M. Schaefer. "We hope to welcome these worthy candidates into office in 2015 and plan to work closely with all legislators and community members to finally pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), protect LGBT youth from conversion efforts, secure resources for homeless youth and health and human services, and ensure legal protections for our families." 

The Pride Agenda's second round of endorsements includes: ...

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Assemblywoman Joan Millman's message to voters in the 52nd Assembly District ...

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Posted on June 27, 2014 by Mole333

The latest endorsements from Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, the reform/progressive Democratic Club my wife is on the board of, for the September 9th Democratic Primary were decided tonight.

The two hotly contested endorsements were for the 51st and 52nd Assembly races. ...

Last night, statewide and local candidates came to seek the support of the Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn. After much deliberation, we can announce the following endorsements:

(for the full article see http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=857667d01ce9dfd9de79a7a78&id=57b689c0bf&e=890f824d7d )

(For all 2014 endorsements by Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn see http://www.lidbrooklyn.org/endorsed_candidates_2014)


Contact: Stefan Ringel, bydcontact@gmail.com

BROOKLYN, NY: Last night, the Brooklyn Young Democrats considered candidates in 15 political contests for endorsement, including a number of open seats. After listening to candidates and their representatives speak, BYD members voted to issue the following endorsements: 

(For the full article see http://bit.ly/1id3hsg)