Editor’s Note: The following information was provided by Darren Rigger.
Former Peekskill Councilman Darren Rigger has joined former New York City Mayor David Dinkins and others in announcing his enthusiastic endorsement of County Legislator Ken Jenkins, a Democrat from Yonkers, for Westchester County executive. Rigger’s endorsement represents a break from the Peekskill Democratic City Committee, which has endorsed State Senator George Latimer, a Rye City resident, for the right to take on County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, in the fall.
“If elected, Ken Jenkins would be the first African-American county executive in New York State history,” said Rigger, who is Peekskill’s elected New York State Democratic Committee member. “I like that his candidacy takes on this historic significance.”
Dinkins says Jenkins is the right man to lead the county into the future.
“Ken Jenkins is unwavering in his willingness to take on the toughest fights,” Dinkins said. “His steadfast determination and advocacy on behalf of working families is exemplary. I stand behind him in his mission to engage the people of Westchester County in their government process.”
The remarks were made at a recent fundraiser hosted by Ken Woods, owner of the world-famous Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem, where he welcomed local community leaders in support of Jenkins’ candidacy for county executive. Major Democratic African-American leaders were in attendance, including Dinkins and former U.S. Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY).
“If we learned anything from the 2016 election, it is that Democrats need to work together to do more at every level to engage citizens to vote,” said Dinkins. “Ken’s dedication to effecting positive change in his community will certainly help to activate more residents to participate in local elections.”
Mayor Dinkins is the only African-American to have been mayor of New York City. A graduate of Howard University and Brooklyn Law School, he launched his career in public service in 1966 as a member of the New York State Assembly and rose through the Democratic Party in Harlem to later hold the Manhattan Borough President’s office, before becoming the 106th Mayor. Since 1994, Dinkins has been an esteemed professor of public policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
“I am privileged and grateful to have the support of Mayor David N. Dinkins,” Jenkins said. “He broke barriers as the first African-American mayor of New York City. Since then, he has continued to inspire the minds of students and young leaders as a professor at Columbia University. He remains an active voice in politics in the local and national arenas and I am honored to have his support.”