New York City Mayoral Race: Ocasio-Cortez Endorses Maya Wiley

New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley received an endorsement from Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley received an endorsement from Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Saturday.

Following recent endorsements from NYPAN, The Working Families Party, Assembly Members Davila and Gallagher, Senator Salazar, and District Leader Nemir-Olivares, the endorsement announcement solidified Wiley’s position as the clear progressive choice ahead of the Democratic mayoral primary election on June 22nd.

“Having the support of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez means the world to me,” said Maya Wiley. "AOC is a fearless champion for our city in Congress. She has fought for working people, taken-on corporate greed, revolutionized the discussion on the urgent need to address climate change, and is an advocate for a more equitable economy. Nobody says and means change like her. And with AOC’s help, we are going to win this race and bring the change we need to the city we love. I am honored to have her support behind our movement and am looking forward to working hand-in-hand to deliver a reimagined New York City that works for and protects ALL New Yorkers.”

At an event Saturday at City Hall Park, alongside Maya Wiley, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said, “It is so important that we come together as a movement and rank Maya #1, because if we don’t come together as a movement, we will get a New York City built by and for billionaires. We need to be a city by and for working people, so we will vote for Maya #1, and we will rank in a way that maximizes the possibility of a New York for the many… these are the stakes. Maya Wiley is the one. She will be a progressive in Gracie Mansion.”

The endorsements have surged on the heels of another dominant debate performance by Maya Wiley on Wednesday night and added to her growing support from progressive leaders, elected officials and organizations. In recent days, Wiley has received endorsements from NYPAN, The Working Families Party, Assembly Members Davila and Gallagher, Senator Salazar, District Leader Nemir-Olivares, New York State Nurses Association, Our Revolution, the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Cecile Richards, Rep. Katie Porter, Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, and the New York Progressive Action Network, among many others.

Maya has been endorsed by 1199SEIU, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Congresswoman Katie Porter, Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards, Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Amsterdam News, Community Voices Heard, Higher Heights for America, EMILY’s list, AmplifyHer, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Former Assembly Member and Former DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Assembly Member Khaleel Anderson, Assembly Member Jeff Aubry, Assembly Member Latoya Joyner, Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi, Mark Green, Nathalia Fernández, Robbie Kaplan, Council Members Helen Rosenthal and Steve Levin, and former City Council Member Jimmy Vacca. She has also received the endorsement of New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN), the 504 Democratic Club, the Working Families Party, and Democracy For America. She has received ranked choice endorsements from The Jewish Vote and Progressive Women of New York.

Since entering the race, Wiley has introduced several innovative policy proposals, including her New Deal New York, a piece of her economic vision that will create 100,000 jobs; a plan to save small business; a Universal Community Care plan to provide $5,000 grants for the 100,000 most in-need New York City; her Community First Climate Plan; an education plan that hires 1,000 teachers; a policy to prevent maternal mortality; a proposal to combat gun violence; an arts, culture and tourism platform; a women's agenda; a plan to create safe communities and transform policing; and a plan to fight evictions.

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