New York: Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) has endorsed Sandra Ung today for City Council in New York’s 20th Council District, the first endorsement by the Congresswoman in the 2021 primaries.
Following endorsements by Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz and a slate of labor unions, the Congresswoman’s support shows a consolidation of support by community leaders and organized lab or behind Sandra’s campaign to deliver a just recovery for New Yorkers.
Grace Meng is the first Asian American elected to Congress from New York and sits on the influential Appropriations Committee. Since they met while working to support victims of domestic violence at the nonprofit law firm Sanctuary for Families, the Congresswoman and Sandra Ung have been influential advocates for their community in government. Together, they helped introduce and carry the bill to amend New York’s education law to recognize Lunar New Year as a public school holiday.
“I am incredibly honored to receive this endorsement from Congresswoman Meng, who has been a trailblazer for women’s rights in Congress. I have been proud to work with Grace to provide real support for working families in northeast Queens,” Sandra Ung said, “If elected, I look forward to continuing to work with her to make sure that the government works for local residents.”
Meanwhile, Congresswoman Meng said, “Over the years, I have watched her learn and grow, and commit herself to public service where I’ve seen her many talents firsthand.” She further said that Sandra Ung is the right person for the job. She further expressed her belief on working with Sandra as her partner in government so that they can work to build a brighter future, and to make the neighborhoods even better places to live and work.
After graduating from Columbia Law school, Sandra Ung worked as a nonprofit attorney providing legal assistance to victims of domestic violence with the nonprofit Sanctuary for Families. She has worked in government since 2005, including in the offices of the State Assembly, City Comptroller and the NYS Commissioner on Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.
Sandra joined the Congresswoman’s office in 2012 as a key part of the Congresswoman’s community outreach efforts. As a critical part of the Congresswoman’s team, Sandra Ung was responsible for assisting constituents in the Congresswoman’s District Office. As a part of her responsibilities, she helped asylum seekers contact USCIS, assisted seniors with social security and Medicare issues and worked with veterans to contact the VA.
In the race to replace term-limited Councilmember Peter Koo, Sandra Ung was also endorsed by Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz and labor unions including UFT, SEIU 32BJ, CWA District 1, HTC, DC37, NYSNA and Local 831 IBT.