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Working Families Party endorses Schulman for Katz’s Council seat

Lynn Schulman, a Democratic candidate for City Councilwoman Melinda Katz’s (D−Forest Hills) seat, said her focus on affordable housing and green industry helped to land her the endorsement from the Working Families Party last week.

“I’m progressive on the issues,” said Schulman, a Forest Hills resident.

Schulman is running for the 29th Council District, which includes Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and parts of Richmond Hill, Maspeth and Elmhurst. Other candidates running for the seat being vacated by Katz are Heidi Harrison Chain, Karen Koslowitz, Michael Cohen, Mel Gagarin and Joseph Nocerino.

Katz is leaving the seat to run for city comptroller.

The backing from the Working Families Party comes not long after the Queens County Democrats voted to endorse Koslowitz, who previously held the seat.

The Working Families Party endorsed a number of Queens candidates, including Councilman John Liu (D−Flushing) for comptroller, Helen Marshall for borough president, S.J. Jung for Council District 20, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D−East Elmhurst) for CD 21, state Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D−Little Neck) for CD 23, Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows) for CD 24, Daniel Dromm for CD 25, James Van Bramer for CD 26, Councilman Leroy Comrie (D−St. Albans) for CD 27,Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D−Middle Village) for CD 30, Councilman James Sanders (D−Laurelton) for CD 31 and Frank Gulluscio for CD 32.

“We’re proud to be supporting so many candidates who know firsthand the struggles of working people in New York City — from fighting for good jobs and affordable housing to standing up for equality and being a voice for underrepresented communities,” WFP Executive Director Dan Cantor said in a statement.

Schulman said she is especially focusing on affordable housing, in particular for the elderly and disabled, during her campaign. She is also emphasizing a need for green industry in the city.

Reach reporter Anna Gustafson by e−mail at or by phone at 718−229−0300, Ext. 174.

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