From the Morning Memo:

City Councilman Vincent Gentile on Monday evening received the backing of the labor-aligned Working Families Party as he seeks to take on Republican Dan Donovan in the 11th congressional district special election.

In a statement, WFP State Director Bill Lipton referenced Donovan’s role in presiding over a grand jury as Staten Island district attorney that ultimately voted to not indict a New York City police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

“Vincent Gentile’s been a fighter for working families on housing and health issues,” Lipton said. “He will bring extensive experience to this post from his time in the New York State Senate and as a member of the NYC Council. By contrast his opponent, Daniel Donovan, has become a national symbol for inequality in the criminal justice system.”

Donovan had recused himself as the prosecutor who investigating the WFP’s for-profit consultant firm Data & Field Services in a 2009 city council race, a move that was later upheld by the state Court of Appeals.

Donovan, meanwhile, was endorsed by the Independence Party on Monday as well as Republicans in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Over the weekend, Donovan received the endorsement of the Conservative Party.

The special election to replace disgraced Republican former Rep. Michael Grimm is set for May 5.