Colby Hamilton, Writer, WNYC News
Colby Hamilton is a general assignment reporter. He originally joined WNYC as a political blogger. He's a proud graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
It's official: US Senator Charles Schumer has endorsed Assemblyman David Weprin's campaign for congress, giving Weprin another strong pro-Israeli name to add to his list of supporters. From the release:
“It is vital we preserve Medicare and Social Security, and the only candidate for Congress who will do that is David Weprin,” said Senator Schumer. “David Weprin is someone we can count on to stand up for middle class Brooklyn and Queens families. He will fight against the reckless, extreme right-wing Republican policies that seek to reduce the deficit on the backs of working families and seniors, while protecting tax subsidies for Big Oil companies. As we work to close tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas, preserve and protect Medicare, and reform our government so it works more efficiently and effectively for everyone, we need a leader like David fighting for us.”
Schumer is the latest in a string of endorsements for Weprin that also includes Congressman Joe Crowley, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, New York City Comptroller John Liu, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, and a host of other prominent elected officials.
“I am humbled to receive the support of Senator Schumer in my candidacy to represent the people of the Ninth Congressional District in Congress,” Weprin said. “Senator Schumer is one of our nation’s most trusted and successful advocates for working class families. I look forward to working with Senator Schumer to put New Yorkers back to work, protect Social Security and Medicare for middle class families and put our economy back on track.”