Former Assemblymember Pete Grannis Backs Rebecca Seawright for State Assembly

NEW YORK, New York – Former Assemblymember Peter Grannis who served the 76th Assembly District for 32 years announced his enthusiastic endorsement of Rebecca Seawright for New York State Assembly in the same Assembly District, which includes the Upper East Side, Yorkville and Roosevelt Island.


“I was honored to represent the 76th AD for 32 years, and the people I served are very special to me. This is where my wife and I raised our son and where we still live. This community deserves a representative in the Assembly who will work hard and fight for them in Albany. That’s Rebecca Seawright,” said former Assemblymember Peter Grannis. “I am proud to endorse her and I urge everyone to vote for Rebecca in the Primary Election on September 9th.  I know we have the same values and she will do all she can to reform Albany and to serve our district with integrity and distinction,” Grannis added.


“I am proud to have Pete Grannis’s endorsement,” said Rebecca Seawright. “His tremendous record of service continues to inspire me and I look forward to carrying on his legacy in the Assembly.”


Today’s announcement is the latest set of early endorsements of Seawright, with Pete Grannis joining a series of highly regarded prominent leaders including marriage equality champion Edie Windsor, Roe v. Wade attorney Sarah Weddington, Senator Liz Krueger, Senator José M. Serrano, Councilman Ben Kallos, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Tish James, Assembly Member Dan Quart, City Council Member Daniel Garodnick, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City Council Member Corey Johnson, and Assembly Member Deborah Glick.


The democratic primary is on Tuesday, September 9th.


Peter Grannis served in the state assembly for 32 years. Mr. Grannis was a leading advocate for lobbying and ethics reforms and as chair of the Insurance and Housing Committees,  his tenure in Albany was marked by significant victories.


Mr. Grannis’ legislative accomplishments have been recognized by numerous environmental, health, consumer, and good government advocacy organizations, including the first-ever recognition of a state legislator by the Consumer Federation of America. Mr. Grannis is a graduate of Rutgers University and the University of Virginia School of Law.


Rebecca Seawright has served New Yorkers as an assistant district attorney and as a member of Manhattan Community Board 8. She has chaired the the board of directors of The Feminist Press and the Board of Advisors of CUNY Law School. As a longtime Parent and Teacher Association activist, she is a strong advocate for quality public education.


Ms. Seawright is a lifelong Democrat, mentored by former Texas Governor Ann Richards.