MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Mount Vernon native John G. Branca has endorsed Clinton Young for mayor in the Sept. 10 Mount Vernon Democratic primary.
Branca is the son of the late New York State Assemblyman John R. Branca who also served as chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission. As one of the preeminent entertainment and corporate lawyers in the country, Branca serves as co-executor of the Michael Jackson Estate and chairman of The Michael Jackson Company.
“Clinton Young is a high character guy, and my family has a great deal of respect for him and his vision for saving Mount Vernon,” said Branca in a written statement. “He has personally shown me that he cares for his fellow citizens. He was the only Mount Vernon politician to attend my father’s funeral in Florida. It meant a great deal to me and my family.”
A long time Mount Vernon resident, Young served as the 20th mayor of the city from 2008 to 2011. His administration is highly praised for crime reduction, low taxes, and clean, efficient government.
He previously served on the Mount Vernon School Board from 1982-1992 and in the Westchester County Legislature from 1996-2007. He is a graduate of famed Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. “The Branca family is one of Mount Vernon’s most distinguished and accomplished” said Young. “John’s father served as Mount Vernon Recreation Commissioner and built a playground and park system that has served our young people for three generations. John himself has scaled the heights of the music and entertainment business. His uncle Ralph Branca was an outstanding major baseball player with the Brooklyn Dodgers, whose friendship with Jackie Robinson helped break the color barrier in sports. Our city is very proud of the Branca family’s legacy of service, tolerance and high achievement.”
John Branca has represented 29 acts in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, The Jackson 5, Carlos Santana, Aerosmith, The Beach Boys, ZZ Top, Fleetwood Mac, Bee Gees, Earth, Wind and Fire, and The Doors, which is believed to be more than any other entertainment attorney.
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