Greenpoint Poles Rally Behind John Liu

(Photo from John Liu's Facebook page via Nowy Dziennik)

John Liu has garnered the support of Polish leaders, businesses and organizations in Brooklyn. (Photo from John Liu’s Facebook page via Nowy Dziennik)

Christopher Olechowski, the leader of Brooklyn’s Assembly District 50, which includes Greenpoint and Williamsburg, and other representatives of Polish-American businesses and organizations from Northern Brooklyn endorsed John Liu in his bid to become the Democratic nominee for mayor.

“There is no doubt that John Liu represents the values Poles respect and understand. John Liu is the right candidate for the Polonia and all New Yorkers,” said District Leader Christopher Olechowski during a June 9 press conference at Father Popieluszko Square, located in the intersection of  Nassau and Bedford Avenues in Greenpoint.

Citing the comptroller’s immigrant background, Olechowski pointed out that Liu, like few others, understands well the role ethnic groups have played in New York.

A group of Polish Americans and representatives of some Polish institutions from Northern Brooklyn also showed up at the Sunday press conference to show support and endorse Liu for mayor.

“I have known John Liu for many years. I remember when he was running for City Council. I worked with him when as a councilman he represented Ridgewood, where the Polish Slavic Center offered its programs, we could count on him on many issues. Our relationship was very fruitful,” said Bozena Kaminska, director of the Polish & Slavic Center in Greenpoint. “Being an immigrant himself, John Liu appreciates immigrants and their contribution to the city. I think he is a trustworthy politician,” she added.

“The support of these and many other Polish American leaders is very meaningful to me. The Polish community has been in New York for well over a century, but there are also many immigrants arriving here. Since I was a councilman and now as comptroller, I have worked alongside the Polish community on issues of education, small business, workers rights and equal opportunity. As mayor, I will continue to always be a friend of Polonia,” Liu said in a statement emailed to Nowy Dziennik.

Liu is one of the candidates running in the Democratic primary for mayor of New York this September. Among his opponents are City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson.

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