Carlos Menchaca, a progressive Brooklyn Metropolis Council member who dropped out of the mayoral race final month, has endorsed former rival Andrew Yang, in an surprising union of two political candidates whose concepts have been usually diametrically opposed.
Yang held a press convention alongside Menchaca on Wednesday morning within the Democratic council member’s district of Pink Hook. The NY Instances broke the information of the endorsement hours earlier.
“I related to Andrew’s story, which is the story of an immigrant household,” stated Menchaca, who’s Mexican-American.
He referenced Yang’s plan to create a public financial institution, a authorities managed monetary establishment that would offer loans at decrease rates of interest and decrease charges, and which Menchaca stated might particularly profit immigrants.
Throughout the occasion, Yang stated that as mayor he would strain wire switch and check-cashing providers like Western Union to decrease their remittance charges, that are a part of the costs borne by immigrants for sending cash outdoors the nation. These charges, nevertheless, have usually been dropping lately.
Menchaca, who was unable to run for Metropolis Council due to time period limits, positioned himself as some of the left-leaning candidates within the mayoral race together with Dianne Morales, on points reminiscent of defending employees rights and defunding the police. Over the course of his Metropolis Council profession, he made immigrant rights one in all his central points, pushing ahead laws to have New York Metropolis launch a municipal identification card that can be accessible to undocumented immigrants.
However most just lately, he grew to become grew to become often known as the legislator who killed the deal to rezone Business Metropolis, a sprawling manufacturing complicated on the waterfront in Sundown Park. On the time, Menchaca stated he was involved about gentrification and the displacement of working class residents.
Yang has been a pro-business candidate. He has stated he would provide tax incentives for corporations keen to deliver again their workforce to places of work. He has criticized the failure by elected officers to deliver a second Amazon headquarters to Lengthy Island Metropolis, a plan that a number of distinguished progressives opposed.
Requested concerning the opposing nature of their politics, Yang on Wednesday stated he was dedicated to together with group suggestions on rezonings, and that within the Business Metropolis case, he acknowledged that Menchaca was representing the pursuits of his constituents.
Together with his endorsement, Menchaca now turns into one in all a number of notable progressive lawmakers who’ve chosen to again Yang. The group contains Bronx Congressman Ritchie Torres, who’s Yang’s marketing campaign co-chair and state Assemblymember Ron Kim.
Yang argued that the backing of these and others provides additional credence to his perception that there’s a new era of New Yorkers who don’t see themselves as divided strictly alongside ideological traces.
“After I stroll the streets of New York, we care about essentially the identical issues, which helps individuals,” he stated.