The New Yorkers Against Gun Violence political action committee (NYAGV PAC) announced today that it has endorsed Bill de Blasio for New York City Mayor and Tom Suozzi for Nassau County Executive. “Both candidates have demonstrated strong commitments to policies that reduce gun violence and make New York communities safer,” commented Leah Gunn Barrett, Executive Director.
As a member of the New York City Council and as Public Advocate, de Blasio supported strong gun safety laws such as microstamping and the New York SAFE Act. Most recently, he led efforts to encourage the divestment of public pension fund holdings in companies that manufacture military-style assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines for the civilian market. “As Mayor, we are confident Bill de Blasio will continue his strong advocacy for gun safety and be a leader on this issue not only for New York City but also for the nation,” said Barrett.
Under Suozzi’s tenure as County Executive, Nassau County was ranked the safest place in the nation. Barrett commented, “Tom Suozzi implemented innovative programs to reduce gun violence and solve gun crimes such as ShotSpotter and the Gun Stoppers hotline. The outstanding public safety results he achieved speak for themselves. Nassau County residents will be safer with him back at the helm.”