Michael Beltzer, a Democratic candidate for City Council and Bronx Democratic Committee Member, made the following statement upon receiving a release from The Bronx Democratic Party:
"As a proud Bronx Democrat, I can't say I am surprised in Elected Officials coming out to endorse another sitting Official in District 18. It has long been an old tradition in the County to close ranks and exclude the constituents and party members from the decision-making process. If you read the statement carefully, it acknowledges achievements made in the past to fix issues that still aren't rectified. These times, where our communities are facing immense pressures from displacement and wage stagnation, require forward thinking and planning to grow not just for this generation, but for the ones to come.
It is very concerning to me that though these officials have been mentored themselves, they could not collectively prepare a new and inclusive leader for all the people."
Mr. Beltzer is a declared candidate in the 18th City Council race.