Oppenheimer endorses Fine in Dem contest for NY-17 seat

Allison Fine, a Westchester County resident vying with at least three other Democrats to run for retiring Rep. Nita Lowey’s seat, announced an endorsement on Thursday from former state Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, a fixture in Westchester politics for more than three decades.

“As someone who worked alongside Nita for years, I can think of no one better to build on her legacy than Allison Fine,” Oppenheimer said in a statement from the Fine campaign. “From her work with NARAL fighting for reproductive freedom and women’s rights to being a pioneer in the use of online activism for social good, Allison has built an impressive record of community activism that will bring a much-needed fresh perspective to the male-dominated halls of Congress.”

Oppenheimer represented part of Westchester in the state Senate for 28 years until her retirement in 2012, and had served for eight years before then as mayor of the Village of Mamaroneck.

Fine, a Sleepy Hollow resident and mother of three, is an author, social-change activist and a former board chair of the NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation.

Other Democrats planning to run in a June 23 primary for New York’s 17th Congressional District seat include Mondaire Jones, an attorney from South Nyack who started his campaign to challenge Lowey before she announced she wouldn’t seek another term; state Sen. David Carlucci of New City; and Assemblyman David Buchwald of White Plains.

Jones won a high-profile endorsement this week from presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator.

The 17th District takes in all of Rockland County and much of Westchester.

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