Council Member Erik Bottcher and State Senator Brad Hoylman are the latest to join what has become a robust group of local politicians backing Tony Simone in his District 75 campaign for NYS Assembly. On Monday, they launched their partnership with an endorsement video.
“Thirteen years ago, a friend of mine invited me to coffee to persuade me to work in government. That friend’s name is Tony Simone,” Bottcher told Chelsea News. “He is the kind of smart, hardworking, and honest leader that we need right now to tackle the issues our city is facing. I want to have Tony as my representative in Albany, and as a partner in government, and that’s why I’m proud to endorse him today.”
Simone has cultivated strong political relationships with both Bottcher and Hoylman, who cited shared priorities in his endorsement of the NYS Assembly hopeful.
“As the State Senator for Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, I’m keenly aware of the need to have experienced and thoughtful leaders in Albany,” Hoylman said. “I’ve known Tony Simone for over 20 years, and together we’ve fought for LGBTQ rights, reproductive health, tenants, seniors and public open space. That’s why I’m proud to join Congressman Jerry Nadler, Assemblymember Dick Gottfried and so many others in support of Tony Simone for NYS Assembly.”
Simone, who previously served as the director of community outreach for former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and as the legislative aide to the late State Senator Catherine Abate, has also welcomed endorsements from organizations including the Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC and the United Federation of Teachers.
“It is such an honor to have the support of my State Senator and Council Member, two great leaders who I’ve had the privilege to work with over the years,” Simone told Chelsea News. “As an Assembly Member, I’ll look to them as examples of legislative leadership, advocacy, and constituent service.”
“I’ve known Tony Simone for over 20 years, and together we’ve fought for LGBTQ rights, reproductive health, tenants, seniors and public open space.” State Senator Brad Hoylman