PENN YAN—Democratic Congressional Nominee Tracy Mitrano (NY-23) announced today that she has received the endorsements of New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20). Jamestown Mayor Samuel Teresi and former Tompkins County District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson have also publicly endorsed Mitrano’s campaign.
DiNapoli was elected as New York State Comptroller by the State Legislature in 2007 and was reelected by New York State voters in 2010 and 2014. In his role as the state’s top fiscal official, DiNapoli oversees New York’s state and local finances to ensure that governments are using taxpayer money efficiently, effectively, and for the common good. Prior to becoming the state comptroller, DiNapoli represented New York’s 16th district in the State Assembly.
“Throughout her campaign, Tracy Mitrano has shown that she is committed to serving the people of New York’s 23rd district,” DiNapoli said. “As New York’s Comptroller, I know what it takes to defend the livelihoods of New Yorkers, and I know that Tracy will fight for every worker, senior, student, and family. She has the skill, the grit, and the vision to provide results for NY-23. I am proud to endorse Tracy and I look forward to seeing her in Congress.”
Tonko, a Democrat, has represented New York’s 20th Congressional district, which includes Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs, and Amsterdam, since 2009. He currently sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Before he entered politics, he worked as an engineer, serving as President and C.E.O of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
“I am proud to endorse Tracy Mitrano for Congress,” Tonko said. “Tracy understands the concerns of working and middle-class families in the Southern Tier and Western New York. She values the voices of the many instead of the special interests of money. Tracy is an excellent candidate, and I know she will bring integrity and accountability to Washington. As an engineer in Congress, I look forward to working together with her to solve issues impacting New York, including upgrading our infrastructure and protecting healthcare for people with pre-existing conditions.”
In addition to DiNapoli and Tonko, Teresi and Wilkinson—both of whom have served in leadership roles in the 23rd District—officially backed Mitrano’s campaign this week.
Teresi has been the mayor of Jamestown since 2000. First elected in 1999, he has been re-elected to the position four times. Prior to his election as mayor, Teresi worked for more than a decade as Jamestown’s director of development and has been a steadfast support of the city’s economic development during his tenure as mayor.
“I am proud to endorse Tracy Mitrano as the next Representative to Congress for the people of Jamestown and New York’s 23rd Congressional District,” Teresi said. “She knows that communities like ours need affordable healthcare, good-paying jobs, and infrastructure investment—not lopsided, misdirected tax breaks that only serve to benefit the wealthiest. We need Tracy in Congress to help bring our economy into the 21st Century. Tracy has lived her entire adult life in the Western New York and Finger Lakes Region, and I know that she has the energy, passion, and experience to bring our needs to Washington.”
Wilkinson, who served as the Tompkins County District Attorney from 2006 to 2016, also issued a statement announcing her support for Mitrano. In 2017, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick appointed Wilkinson as the Interim Drug Policy Coordinator of the city’s municipal drug strategy.
“Today, I am thrilled to endorse Tracy Mitrano to be the next representative of New York’s 23rd Congressional District,” Wilkinson said. “I know that Tracy will be a steadfast advocate for each and every resident of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes region. She deeply understands the challenges facing our communities because she has lived in Western New York throughout her life. As the former District Attorney of Tompkins County, I know that those who have been victimized—people that I fought for my entire career—will find a champion in Tracy. I am endorsing Tracy because at this urgent time in our state’s and nation’s history, we need leaders in Washington who listen and respond to the needs of people—not those of moneyed interests.”
“It means quite a lot to me to have the support of my state and my community behind me,” said Mitrano. “I am truly honored to receive the backing of Comptroller DiNapoli, Congressman Tonko, Mayor Teresi, and Ms. Wilkinson. Together, the four of them have decades of experience in state finance, policy, and law. They understand what good leadership looks like, what it means to be committed to the people of New York. When you are a representative of people, you have an obligation to advocate on their behalf. I am ready and eager to take on that responsibility.”