John Kerry-Campaign Organization, New York
John Kerry for President Inc.
On December 4, 2002, Sen. Kerry filed papers with the FEC establishing John Kerry for President Inc., an exploratory committee.  James M. Jordan served as the national campaign manager through November 9, 2003; he was replaced by Mary Beth Cahill, who previously served as chief of staff to Sen. Edward Kennedy. 

John Kerry for President Inc. New York Leadership

Campaign Headquarters:  373 Park Avenue South, 9th Floor, New York City
State Director Paul Rivera
(Started March 2003) Has worked on the campaigns of Carl McCall and Hillary Rodham Clinton, three Democratic Conventions and the 1996 and 2000 Presidential Elections.
Political Director Kirk Swanson
Swanson ran for the 73rd District State Assembly seat in 2000 and 2002.  He works for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.  Swanson received his undergraduate degree from Hunter College and his graduate degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. 
Volunteer Coordinator Seth Gladstone
NYU graduate. 
Communications Director Mark Kornblau
Kornblau served as communications director for Kerry's New Hampshire primary campaign starting in October 2003.  Prior to joining the Kerry campaign, he served as communications director for Sen. Evan Bayh; he joined Bayh's staff in 1999.  Graduate of University of Wisconsin.
Press Secretary Eric Schultz

Members of Congress (13)
Congressman Timothy Bishop (NY-1)  -Suffolk County (Long Island)   10/29/03
Congressman Steve Israel (NY-2) -Town of Huntington; portions of Babylon, Islip, Oyster Bay and Smithtown  02/23/04   ...had backed Clark 
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (NY-4)  -Mineola (Long Island)   10/29/03
Congressman Gary Ackerman (NY-5)  -North Shore of Queens and Long Island    02/?/04 
Congressman Gregory Meeks (NY-6)  -Far Rockaway, Queens   6/11/03
Congressman Joe Crowley (NY-7)  -Bronx and Queens     02/23/04
Congressman Anthony Weiner (NY-9)  -Queens and Brooklyn    02/23/04   ...had backed Clark 
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14)  -Manhattan and Queens   10/27/03
Congressman Charlie Rangel (NY-15)  -East and Central Harlem    02/23/04   ...had backed Clark
Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-17) -the Bronx, Westchester and Rockland    02/?/04  ...had backed Lieberman
Congressman Nita Lowey (NY-18)   -parts of Westchester and Rockland Counties   02/09/04   ...had backed Gephardt 
Congressman Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)  -Broome, Delaware, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster Cos.  02/23/04    ...had backed Dean
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28)  -Fairport, a suburb of Rochester  6/11/03

Statewide Elected Officials
Attorney General Eliot Spitzer    02/02/04 (traveled to NM to make the endorsement)
State Comptroller Alan Hevesi     02/06/04     ...had backed Lieberman

State Legislators (15 State Senators and 67 Members of the Assembly)
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver    02/06/04    ...had backed Lieberman
Senate Democratic Leader David A. Paterson       02/23/04 

County Executives/Borough Presidents/County and Citywide Elected Officials
Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields   06/04/03
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall        02/23/04 
Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión, Jr.        03/01/04 
New York City Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum     02/06/04       ...had backed Lieberman
Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano
Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi    ...had backed Lieberman
Albany County Executive Michael Breslin
Chautauqua County Executive Mark Thomas
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy
Niagara County Sheriff Thomas Beilein

Mayors, County Legislators, City/Town Officials
for example: Syracuse Mayor Matthew J. Driscoll    02/05/04

Democratic Party County Chairs (29) and Democratic Party Leaders/Officials
for example: Queens County Chair and former Congressman Tom Manton        02/23/04 

1199 SEIU - Represents more than 237,000 workers; the largest union of healthcare employees in New York (Dennis Rivera, President).    03/01/04

NYC Central Labor Council President Brian McLaughlin     02/23/04

Former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins         02/23/04   ...had backed Clark

Former New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall - Democratic nominee for Governor in 2002.    02/23/04

Former Governor Mario Cuomo - served 12 years as Governor of New York.  Author or editor of seven books.  Partner at Willkie, Farr & Gallagher.   02/28/04

Former HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo  - campaign manager for his father, Mario Cuomo, in his 1982 race for Governor; served as HUD Secretary from 1997-2001; candidate for Governor in 2002, edited Crossroads: The Future of American Politics (Oct. 2003).   02/28/04

Mark Green - Green served as Public Advocate from 1994-2001, was the Democratic nominee for mayor of NYC in 2001 and has authored/edited 16 books.

Dennis Mehiel  - Mehiel was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in 2002 and is a former chairman of the Westchester Democratic Party.  He is chairman and CEO of the Sweetheart Cup Company >

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.  - Chief Prosecuting Attorney for Riverkeeper, an Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and President of the Waterkeeper Alliance.  At Pace University School of Law, he is a Clinical Professor and Supervisor at the Environmental Litigation Clinic in White Plains, New York.  Earlier in his career, Kennedy served as Assistant District Attorney in New York City.   9/18/03

New York Times (02/26/04)
Times Herald-Record (02/27/04)  - serves Hudson Valley and the Catskills
Albany Times Union (02/29/04)
Buffalo News (02/29/04)
New York Daily News (02/29/04)
Newsday (02/29/04)

On December 12, 2003 the campaign announced Upstate New York endorsements:

               A. Western New York Endorsements

                 Congresswoman Louise McIntosh Slaughter

                 --Erie County

                 NY State Senator Byron W. Brown
                 Buffalo Councilman Brian C. Davis: Ellicott District
                 Cheektowaga Councilman and Erie County Democratic Party Treasurer Jeff Swiatek
                 Erie County Democratic Party Vice Chair & Tonowanda Chair Gayle Syposs
                 Erie County Democratic Party Sergeant-at-Arms Amelida Ortiz Weinmann
                 Erie County Democratic Party Executive Committee Member Mark Poloncarz
                 Town of Eden Democratic Chairman Francis McLaughlin
                 Town of Newstead Democratic Chairman Jeff Bono
                 Former Town of Grand Island Democratic Chairman Jeff Stone
                 Candidate for 26th Congressional District of NY Ayesha Nariman

                 --Monroe County

                 Assemblyman David Gantt
                 City Councilman Wade Norwood
                 City Councilwoman Gladys Santiago
                 City Councilman-Elect Adam McFadden
                 Monroe County Legislator Kevin Murray
                 Monroe County Legislator Calvin Lee
                 Monroe County Legislator Ronnie Thomas
                 Monroe County Legislator Mitch Rowe 
                 Rochester School Board President Shirley Thompson
                 Rochester City School Board Member-Elect Malik Evans
                 Rochester City School Board Member-Elect David Perez
                 NY State Party Executive Committee Vice Chair Robert Cook

                 --Ontario County

                 Ontario County Supervisor (Geneva), Mary Luckern 

                 --Cattaraugus County

                 Olean City Chair Fredrick M. Scicchitano

         B. Central New York Endorsements

                 --Onondaga County

                 Bea Gonzalez, President, Common Council of Syracuse
                 Marisol Hernandez, Commissioner of the Syracuse Board of Education
                 Lovie Winslow, Onondaga County Legislator - 19th District
                 Walt Dixie, Founder of the Alliance Network

         C. Capital District Endorsements

                 Albany County Executive Michael Breslin
                 Albany County Legislator Wanda F. Willingham
                 Schenectady City Council President Frank Maurizio
                 Saratoga Springs City Chair Shawn Thompson

         D. North Country Endorsements

                 State Committeee Member Paul Van Cott (Saranac Lake)
                 State Committee Member Frank Zappala (Saranac)

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