Brad Lander wins endorsement of Rep. Nydia Velazquez in crowded NYC comptroller race

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Dave Goldiner, New York Daily News
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Councilman Brad Lander Saturday scored the endorsement of Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) as he continues to line up progressive support in the crowded Democratic primary for City Comptroller.

The Brooklyn city councilman won high praise from Velazquez for stepping up to fight for vulnerable New Yorkers, like undocumented immigrants seeking legal help or prisoners shivering in unheated jail cells.

“He’s a progressive who sweats the details, isn’t afraid of a righteous fight, and will put the needs of New Yorkers before everything,” Velazquez said.

Lander, whose Brooklyn district overlaps a bit with Velazquez’s, returned the favor by praising the Puerto Rican congresswoman as “La Luchadora,” which is Spanish for “The Fighter.”

Polls suggest Lander trails City Council President Cory Johnson in the dogfight to be the Gotham’s next top bean counter.

Other well-known candidates include Brooklyn State Sen. Kevin Parker, Queens Assemblyman David Weprin and Harlem State Sen. Brian Benjamin.

Like the race for mayor, the winner of the comptroller primary will be determined using ranked-choice voting, the first time New Yorkers have used the new system.

Lander won the nod of popular Public Advocate Jumaane Williams Friday and recently picket up the support of firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).