Queens, NEW YORK– Today, Jimmy Van Bramer and John Choe co-endorsed each other for Queens Borough President and City Council respectively. Both candidates are running people-powered campaigns that uplift Queens’ working families.
Van Bramer is the only candidate for Queens Borough President to reject real estate money, uplift small businesses, and put communities at the center of the land use process. Van Bramer opposed the zoning changes to the Special Flushing Waterfront District, and co-sponsors two long-standing small business protection bills— Small Business Jobs Survival Act and Commercial Rent Control in the New York City Council.
“I am thrilled to endorse John Choe for City Council District 20 and to have his endorsement as we fight for a Queens that works for all of us! John is a fierce champion for Flushing and Murray Hill small businesses, especially in the face of this dual pandemic of COVID and Asian hate. I am proud to have fought alongside him against the gentrification and luxury development of the Special Flushing Waterfront District, and look forward to continuing to work together to put people first,” said Jimmy Van Bramer.
"Jimmy Van Bramer and I have fought together for two decades to empower our communities in opposition to luxury developers displacing local residents and small business owners in neighborhoods like Flushing, Long Island City and Sunnyside," stated John Choe, candidate for City Council in District 20. "I'm proud to have fought side by side with Jimmy for affordable housing, good jobs, public transit, libraries and the arts as well as fighting for the human rights of all, including immigrants, people of color, and lesbian, gay and transgender New Yorkers. I know Jimmy Van Bramer has the courage and commitment to continue this fight at Borough Hall and wholeheartedly endorse his campaign to become our next Queens Borough President.”
Van Bramer is a life-long progressive activist who’s been fighting machine politics for over two decades. He is the son of union workers and a lifelong Queens resident. Before being elected to the City Council, he organized for LGBTQ rights, public financing of elections, and for the Queens Public Library.
Choe is a lifelong community activist who has led efforts to enact the City's first language access bill, secure $1.5 million for small businesses, fought against gentrification and luxury development— such as the Special Flushing Waterfront District, and advocated for transportation improvements to reduce congestion and improve street safety in District 20. John Choe is the only candidate for City Council District 20 to reject real estate contributions.