ASTORIA, NY – On October 8, Nick Roloson announced he is ending his race for City Council District 22 and endorsing his former competitor Tiffany Cabán, a public defender, organizer, activist, and queer Latina who reshaped the national discourse on reimagining public safety through her revolutionary campaign for Queens District Attorney last year. Nick is the Chief of Staff to current District 22 Council Member Costa Constantinides, who had already endorsed Roloson’s candidacy. District 22 represents Astoria, Rikers Island, Woodside, Jackson Heights, and East Elmhurst.
Cabán is running on a public health-focused platform, specifically focusing on ending the carceral system, creating a care economy, and bringing a Green New Deal to New York City.
“Today, I’m ending my campaign for New York City Council and announcing my support of Tiffany Cabán,” said Nick Roloson. “This wasn’t an easy decision, but I believe Tiffany is the best person to lead Astoria into the future. Running this campaign over the last year in the district I’ve proudly served for seven years has been the honor of my life. To the friends who have supported our campaign, I cannot thank you enough. This campaign was for and driven by you. After speaking with Tiffany, I think she has the vision for where this neighborhood needs to go next. She will fight for a fairer criminal justice system and continue the fight for a Renewable Rikers.”
“I am proud to have the support of Nick Roloson, an active and experienced leader in our community,” said Tiffany Cabán. “Nick brings a critical perspective to our movement to bring radical transformation to our city, with his knowledge of the district, his background in community-centered policy, and commitment to climate justice. I look forward to working alongside Nick as we continue this campaign to create a New York that works for the working class.”
This endorsement adds to the growing coalition of local leaders and organizations who are backing Cabán’s movement for transformative change. Last week, community leader Rod Townsend ended his campaign and threw his support behind Cabán. Immediately following the launch of her campaign, Cabán received the endorsements of State Senator Jessica Ramos, New York State Senator Mike Gianaris, NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, AD 36 District Leader-elect Zachariah Boyer, Astoria Democratic District Leader-elect Shawna Morlock, Community Organizer Rana Abdelhamid, Democratic nominee for the 34th District of the New York State Assembly Jessica González-Rojas, and Queens organizer Jesse Cerrotti. Cabán is also endorsed by the Working Families Party and Road to Justice NYC, a new labor coalition composed of Make the Road Action, 1199SEIU, and Community Voices Heard.
More information is available online: https://www.cabanforqueens.com.