On the steps of City Hall Monday, Assemblywoman Grace Meng picked up an endorsement that, until recently, Democrats in the five boroughs had taken for granted.
Former Mayor Ed Koch threw his weight behind Meng in her bid for the new Sixth Congressional District.
Koch, who in addition to his role as a former mayor is also a good-government lobbyist, said he was pleased to endorse the Flushing legislator.
"Above all else, Grace is a woman of principle who takes a sensible approach to her stances on the issues, including her dedication to protecting working, middle-class families and ensuring that the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share," Koch said. "That is why she has my strongest support in her bid to become our next representative from New York’s 6th Congressional district.”
Koch also said he believed the Assemblywoman would be an unflagging ally of Israel, an issue
Meng is running against City Councilman Dan Halloran, R-Bayside, in a seat that will replace the one currently occupied by U.S. Rep. Bob Turner.
Turner, a Republican, got Koch's endorsement in 2011 because the former New York City Mayor wanted to about the importance of standing behind Israel.
“All New Yorkers would agree that Mayor Koch is authentic, he’s the real thing,” Meng said. “The depth and seriousness of his public service experiences and accomplishments are unique among those who serve. I’m thrilled to have his support.”