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Dinkins and Ferrer back Weprin for comptroller

By Jason Fink

In one of the first major endorsements of the election season, former Mayor David Dinkins and former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer Sunday backed City Councilman David Weprin for comptroller.

“I’m an elder statesman, with the emphasis on elder,” joked Dinkins, 81, in discussing his decision to wade into a primary race in a citywide election.

Weprin (D-Hollis) is facing fellow council members Melinda Katz, John Liu and David Yassky in the Democratic primary in September.Neither Dinkins, the city’s only African-American mayor, nor Ferrer, who was the Democratic nominee for mayor in 2005, would say if they will make endorsements in other citywide races. They will serve as co-chairs of Weprin’s campaign.

“When David Dinkins decides to make an endorsement this early in the race, it’s remarkable,” Ferrer said.

Weprin said he had been seeking Dinkins endorsement for about six months.

“The Latino vote and the African-American vote are key votes in the Democratic primary,” Weprin said.

Former Mayor Ed Koch, who lost the primary to Dinkins in 1989, said Weprin would benefit from the support.

“These are people whose names are still relevant in politics and who have a cache,” Koch said.

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