NEW YORK, NY and YONKERS, NY — June 2, 2017 — Former New York City Mayor, David Dinkins today announced his enthusiastic endorsement of Ken Jenkins for Westchester County Executive.
“Ken Jenkins is unwavering in his willingness to take on the toughest fights,” said Dinkins. “His steadfast determination and advocacy on behalf of working families is exemplary. I stand behind him in his mission to engage the people of Westchester County in their government process.”
Last night, a fundraiser hosted by Ken Woods, owner of the world-famous Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem, welcomed local community leaders in support Ken Jenkins’ candidacy for Westchester County Executive. Major Democratic African American Leaders were in attendance, including Dinkins and The Honorable Charles B. Rangel (Ret. US House of Representatives, 15th CD).
“If we learned anything from the 2016 election, it is that Democrats need to work together to do more at every level to engage citizens to vote,” said Dinkins. “Ken’s dedication to effecting positive change in his community will certainly help to activate more residents to participate in local elections.”
Mayor Dinkins was the first, and to date, only African American Mayor of New York City. A graduate of Howard University, and Brooklyn Law School, he launched his career in public service in 1966 as a member of the New York State Assembly and rose through the Democratic Party in Harlem to later hold the Manhattan Borough President’s office, before becoming the 106th Mayor. Since 1994, Dinkins has been an esteemed Professor of Public Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
“I am privileged and grateful to have the support of Mayor David N. Dinkins,” said Jenkins. “He broke barriers as the first African American Mayor of New York City. Since then he has continued to inspire the minds of students and young leaders as a professor at Columbia University. He remains an active voice in politics in the local and national arenas and I am honored to have his support.”