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Photo via Andrew Hevesi on Twitter/@AndrewHevesi
Assemblyman Hevesi speaks in front of City Hall on July 12.

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon added another endorsement from a Queens Democrat this week when Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi announced his support for her campaign.

The July 18 announcement from Hevesi marks the first sitting Assembly member endorsement for Nixon, who is running in the Democratic primary against Governor Andrew Cuomo in September. In his remarks, Hevesi praised Nixon as someone the people of New York can trust, and shunned Cuomo as a constant liar.

“In this time of Trump, we must not look to combat a serial liar with another serial liar,” Hevesi said in a press release. “We need real Democrats who defend our values, even when it’s tough, and who can inspire and challenge our state to do better. Cynthia is the right choice, and I urge voters to support her in September.”

As chairman of the Assembly Social Services Committee, Hevesi reviews legislation addressing medical, financial and other support for New Yorkers who are in need. One of his main sources of frustration with Cuomo was the governor’s proposal in the state budget that would have placed a cap on the amount of reimbursement received by New York City programs that support families at risk of having children removed and placed into foster care.

While that proposal ultimately did not make it into the final budget for fiscal year 2019, Hevesi made reference to the governor’s proposal in his remarks and added that “he consistently pushes policies that hurt vulnerable New Yorkers, the homeless, human trafficking victims, people on public assistance.”

Nixon, citing mutual commitments to combating homelessness and housing issues as well as the social safety net, thanked Hevesi for speaking in her favor.

“Assemblymember Hevesi has spent decades fighting for New York’s tenants, victims of human trafficking, and low-income families and at-risk children,” Nixon said. “He is a passionate champion of fighting for lower-income families and making New York a fairer, more equitable state for everyone. I am honored to have his endorsement and look forward to working with him in the Assembly as governor.”

Hevesi now joins Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and state Senate-hopeful Jessica Ramos as Queens Democrats to support Nixon’s campaign.

“As a lifelong Democrat, I’m proud to endorse Cynthia Nixon for governor. She’s someone we can trust and work with, she’s been a tireless advocate for better schools, and she cares about the people of New York state,” Hevesi said.

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