Councilmen Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx) and Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) joined de Blasio at a Bronx church, where they pledged their support.
“What we should expect from our elected officials isn’t perfection. What we should expect is progress, and under the leadership of Mayor de Blasio we have seen progress,” Torres said at New Tabernacle Baptist Church in West Farms.
Torres has sometimes been critical of the de Blasio administration, but he said the good — universal pre-kindergarten, an end to the widespread use of stop and frisk by cops and an ambitious affordable-housing push — outweighs the bad.
“Every child who’s 4 or 5 years old has access to universal pre-K as a result of the leadership of Mayor de Blasio. That’s progress,” he said.
The mayor pointed to a front-page story in Sunday’s Daily News on the NYPD’s new neighborhood policing program.
“You know the No. 1 thing that jumps out from that story?” he said. “It’s that these officers are giving community members their cell phone numbers… They’re stopping crimes before they happen.”
Also delivering early endorsements for the mayor in next year’s election were Democrats Margaret Chin and Helen Rosenthal of Manhattan, Brad Lander and Steve Levin of Brooklyn, and Donovan Richards of Queens.
Hizzoner nabbed the endorsements as state Sen. Tony Avella, a Queens Democrat, announced his primary campaign against de Blasio. He chose the site of a Maspeth Holiday Inn, where city plans to open a homeless shelter, prompting fierce and controversial protests, to kick off the bid.
“Under Mayor de Blasio we have more homeless than ever, our taxes continue to rise, and it is more expensive to live here than ever before — all of this while our quality of life fades away,” said Avella, who mounted a failed run for mayor in 2009.