March 31, 2021 By Ryan Songalia
Term-limited councilwoman Karen Koslowitz has handpicked Lynn Schulman as her chosen successor, endorsing the community activist for the up-for-grabs district 29 seat that spans Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Rego Park and Richmond Hill.
The incumbent has a long history with Schulman, having ran against her in the Democratic primary in 2009, and appointed Schulman to Community Board 6 back in 1994.
“Lynn will make a great council member; she has dedicated her personal and professional life to advocating for our community,” said Koslowitz in a statement issued Monday. “We can count on her to focus on the issues that matter most to our neighborhoods, especially fixing the hospital shortage, investing in our public schools, and taking care of our seniors.”
Koslowitz also cited Schulman’s policy bonafides on healthcare, labor rights and retirement security in the endorsement.
“I am honored to be endorsed by Karen Koslowitz,” said Schulman. “This endorsement is special to me because Karen is incredibly devoted to our district and recognizes the work I have done in the community.”
Koslowitz is the latest in a long line of endorsements, which include the district’s Congresswoman Grace Meng, its Assembly Member Andrew Hevesi, plus a number of current council members like the Astoria’s outgoing Council Member Costa Constantinides.
Schulman is one of more than a dozen candidates currently vying for the district 29 council seat, with progressive activist Aleda Gagarin and Community Board 6 member Edwin Wong also in the running.
The primary elections will be held June 22, while the general election will be held on November 2.