Former Congressmember Gary Ackerman backs City Council candidate Austin Shafran

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Former Congressmember Gary Ackerman has endorsed Austin Shafran, candidate for District 19 of the City Council.

On Monday, July 22, Ackerman announced he would be endorse his former community liaison.

“Austin is a lifelong member of our community who has the integrity and experience to serve our community honestly and effectively,” said Ackerman. “Austin is the strong voice we need fighting for northeast Queens in the City Council.”

Ackerman represented northeast Queens from 1983 to 2013. As a congressmember, he helped bring forth legislation including the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act, Wall Street reform and other laws.

Shafran started his public service career with Ackerman. According to the former congressmember, while Shafran worked for him, he noticed how much he cared for the community.

“The proudest moment in politics and in life is earning the respect and support of someone you admire, and there is no one I look up to more than Gary Ackerman,” said Shafran. “Working for Congressman Ackerman, I saw how government could work and get things done for our community. Gary has been a personal and professional inspiration for me, and I will work every day to continue his legacy of service for our families, seniors and children.”



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