Cheered by dozens on the steps of City Hall, Erick Salgado, a Hispanic pastor, announced Thursday that he is a candidate in the Democratic primary for mayor to “work for all New Yorkers.”
Salgado, the only Latino in the race, billed himself a “conservative Democrat.” That earned him the endorsement on Thursday by a slate of prominent Rabbanim for his stance on moral issues.
“Mayoral candidate Erick Slagado is the only known candidate committed to fighting for morality and religious freedom for the Jewish community,” read the letter, dated Thursday. “Therefore it is a religious obligation to support his campaign.”
Among others, the letter was signed by Harav Avraham Nelkenbaum, Rosh Yeshivah of Mirrer Yeshivah; Harav Chaim Benoliel, Rosh Yeshivah of Mikdash Melech; Harav Moshe Green, Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshivah D’Monsey; and Harav Yisrael Neuman, Rosh Yeshivah, BMG.
Salgado promised to issue a city ID card to all illegal immigrants, which he said the man he wants to succeed, Michael Bloomberg, could do but doesn’t.
“As Mayor Giuliani stated, ‘The reality is that they are here and they will remain here,’” he said.
Salgado was born in the Bronx but lives in Staten Island with his wife Sonia and their six children.