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NYC Council leader Mark-Viverito endorses Hillary Clinton

City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito speaks to reporters

City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito speaks to reporters during a press conference at City Hall on Monday, Aug. 10 2015. Photo Credit: Agaton Strom

The leader of the New York City Council has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.

Writing in the largest daily newspaper of her native Puerto Rico, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said fellow Democrat Clinton is a "fighter" for Latino families.

"For Puerto Ricans -- both on the island and throughout the diaspora -- this election is the most important in our lifetime," Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), wrote Wednesday in El Nuevo Dia, according to a translation provided by the speaker's office.

"Hillary's plan has shown she is not just a friend to the island; she will stand up for it," she wrote.

The speaker, who lives in East Harlem and owns property in Puerto Rico, said Clinton supports the island nation's efforts to solve a fiscal crisis.

Clinton's media office announced that the former secretary of state will be traveling to San Juan for a roundtable discussion Friday on the island's health care problems.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he's withholding an endorsement in the presidential race until he hears the candidates' full plans for addressing economic inequality.



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