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4th C.D.: Immigrant advocacy group will back Rice

The politician action arm of one of the region’s most prominent progressive grassroots advocacy groups has endorsed Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s congressional campaign.

Make the Road Action Fund, which grew out of the underserved community advocates Make the Road New York, said yesterday that Rice, a Democrat seeking to succeed Rep. Carolyn McCarthy in the 4th District, “has been a strong voice for working-class Latino, immigrant and LGBTQ communities in Nassau County.

“We know she will bring her energy, passion and intelligence to Washington to continue to advocate for our communities on vital issues such as immigration reform and increasing the minimum wage,” said Javier Valdes, Make the Road’s co-executive director.

Make the Road New York, which has 14,000 members across Long Island and New York City, often involves itself in policy issues in immigrant communities. The action fund, according to its website, works “to build political power rooted in working class Latino communities, promote policy solutions that improve the lives of all New Yorkers, and strengthen the movement for justice through electoral and grassroots organizing to advance progressive political and policy change in New York State.”

Rice, in accepting the endorsement, said that Make the Road has “proven they can make a difference in political campaigns and on the most significant policy challenges facing immigrant communities.”

Rice, of Garden City, will face Nassau Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, of Freeport, in the June 24 Democratic primary.

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