Congressman Ritchie Torres endorsed Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz Monday for re-election in the 81st Assembly district Democratic primary. The announcement comes soon after Dinowitz’ challenger, Jessica Woolford, received a high-profile endorsement of her own from state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, whose current district overlaps with much of Dinowitz’.
“I am excited to strongly endorse Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz,” Congressman Torres said in a press release. “He’s a reliable fighter for the north Bronx who has stood up to powerful interests and big corporations to deliver for working families every day. look forward to delivering for the North Bronx with Jeffrey in the coming years.”
Torres is almost assured a victory this election season as he’s not facing an opponent in the Democratic primary, slated for Aug. 23. And while his current district covers the south Bronx, in 2023 Torres will begin representing this corner of the Bronx thanks to the redistricting process that moved his district further north.
“Congressman Ritchie Torres has been a strong partner for years, and I’m proud to have his endorsement,” Dinowitz said. “As we look to the future of the north Bronx, it’s critical that we can count on our federal leaders to successfully deliver for our community. Ritchie is a powerful advocate for our working families and I look forward to continuing to work with him to deliver results.”
With this latest endorsement, Dinowitz now has the backing of both U.S. representatives in the area, as Congressman Adriano Espaillat, a fellow Democrat, already endorsed the Assemblyman earlier this year.
“Jeff Dinowitz has always been a friend and ally to our community — a leader we can count on,” Espaillat said. “Whether it was fighting to pass the DREAM Act, securing millions for the Excluded Workers Fund, or passing the Green Light Law, time and again he has worked with us on the most important issues facing Latinos in New York State.”
The Democratic primary is scheduled for June 28.