The District 24 special election is now less than three weeks away, and US Rep. Tom Suozzi has announced his endorsement of Dilip Nath in the noteworthy race for the Central Queens council seat left vacant when Rory Lancman moved on to assist Governor Cuomo as the Special Counsel for Ratepayer Protection. Nath has also found the support of elected officials including former Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, Assembly Member Cathy Nolan, and State Senators John Liu and Roxanna Persaud.
“I am proud to endorse Dilip Nath for New York City Council because he is a smart, dedicated, and hardworking advocate for Queens,” read a statement from Suozzi, who went on to mention Nath’s efforts to register voters and increase civic engagement among Queens residents as the founder of NAVA.
“As the founder of the New American Voters Association, Dilip has registered thousands of new voters and helped them get more involved in their communities and neighborhoods. This is the same commitment Dilip will bring to City Hall and help tackle the big problems facing New York City.”
Nath, a Bangladeshi immigrant and Community Board 8 member, came to Queens at 16 years of age, and has gone on to make his impact. The race is New York City’s first test of ranked-choice voting, where Nath is among seven other candidates: Lancman’s predecessor James Gennaro, the founder of a catering concierge service, FoodtoEat, Deepti Sharma; a Democratic district leader, Neeta Jain; a Jamaica-based lawyer Soma Syed; a real estate agent Michael Earl Brown; a community activist Mujib Rahman; and a campaign worker for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who was instrumental in bring Congress Member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez into power, Moumita Ahmed.
Nath built his public service around being a family man who knows how important keeping the American Dream alive is to residents of Queens. His platform includes advocacy for fully funding public schools, making housing more affordable, health care advances, law enforcement funding, and the economy, where he has an expertise in finance.
“I am honored and proud to have the support of Congressman Tom Suozzi. Tom is a true fighter for his constituents and never waivers in his support of new immigrants, the tough issues facing working men and women, and a better quality of life for all. I look forward to serving the people of Queens with his leadership model in mind,” said Nath.
By QJL Staff