The endorsements for NYC mayoral candidates

Andrew Yang has been leading the New York City mayoral primary polls.
Andrew Yang has been leading the New York City mayoral primary polls.
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Andrew Yang has been leading the New York City mayoral primary polls.

The endorsements for NYC mayoral candidates

Who’s endorsing whom in the race for City Hall.
May 10, 2021

New York City Democrats will have to make a choice in the June 2021 primary for mayor – but some prominent New Yorkers and organizations have already made their pick, issuing public endorsements of candidates in the race.

And a growing number of them have now changed their minds, rescinding their endorsements of New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer after he was accused of sexually assaulting a campaign volunteer in 2001.

Endorsements signal to voters a candidate’s ideological positioning and demonstrate the breadth, depth and nature of their support. A particularly popular endorser can help to enthuse and mobilize voters.

We scoured press releases, social media and candidates’ websites to compile a list of the most current endorsements, as of May 10, 2021.

Eric Adams,Brooklyn borough president

Labor: 32BJ SEIU, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181, Amalgamated Transit Union 726-Staten Island, Amalgamated Transit Union 1056-Flushing, and Amalgamated Transit Union 1179-Queens, The Bridge and Tunnel Officers Benevolent Association, District Council 37, New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, New York State Court Officers Association, New York State Public Employees Federation, Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 153, Transport Workers Union Local 100, Uniformed Fire Officers Association

Organizations: Grand Council of Guardians, Italian American Political Action Committee, Our Time Press, Martin Luther King Jr. Democratic Club, National Latino Peace Officers Association NY Chapter, The New York Post, Rise Up New York, Unified Political Association, Vanguard Independent Democratic Association, Village Reform Democratic Club, Vulcan Society

Public figures: Rep. Tom Suozzi; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Queens Borough President Donovan Richards; state Sens. Joseph Addabbo Jr., Andrew Gounardes, James Sanders Jr., Roxanne Persaud and Diane Savino; Assembly Members Peter Abbate, Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, Inez Dickens, Erik Dilan, Charles Fall (co-endorsement with Shaun Donovan), Alicia Hyndman, Stacey Pheffer Amato, Jenifer Rajkumar, José Rivera, Clyde Vanel and Jaime Williams; New York City Council Members Adrienne Adams, Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Justin Brannan, Selvena Brooks-Powers, Laurie Cumbo, Darma Diaz, Peter Koo, Farah Louis, Alan Maisel, I. Daneek Miller, Francisco Moya and Ydanis Rodriguez; former Reps. Charlie Rangel and Ed Towns; former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer; former Assembly Members Karim Camara and Aurelia Greene; former New York Mets pitcher Dwight “Doc” Gooden

Shaun Donovan, former budget director for President Barack Obama

Organizations: 314 Action Fund

Public figures: Assembly Members Michael Benedetto and Charles Fall (co-endorsement with Eric Adams), Rev. Johnny Ray Youngblood, U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, former Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, actor Edward Norton

Kathryn Garcia, former New York City sanitation commissioner

Labor: Teamsters Local 831, Teamsters Local 813, SEIU Local 246, SEIU Local 444 – Sanitation Officers Association, and the Uniformed Sanitation Chiefs Association

Organizations: The Red Hook Star-Revue (co-endorsement with Paperboy Prince)

Public figures: State Sen. Diane Savino (as her no. 2 selection in ranked-choice voting), State Sen. Liz Krueger, Assembly Members Daniel O’Donnell and Nily Rozic, former Council Member Costa Constantinides (as his No. 2 selection in ranked-choice voting), former mayoral candidate Loree Sutton

Ray McGuire, former vice chair of Citigroup

Public figures: Rep. Gregory Meeks; state Sen. Leroy Comrie; Assembly Members Vivian Cook and Robert Rodriguez; Former Rep. Steve Israel, activist Gwen Carr; former New York Knicks stars Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley; former New York Giants player Tiki Barber; director Spike Lee; actors Samuel L. Jackson and Steve Martin; rappers Diddy, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Nas and Rev. Run

Dianne Morales, former executive director and CEO of Phipps Neighborhoods

Labor: Professional Staff Congress (as its no. 2 selection in ranked-choice voting), United Auto Workers Region 9A (as its No. 2 selection in ranked-choice voting)

Organizations: Bay Ridge Democrats, Citizen Action of New York (as its No. 2 selection in ranked-choice voting), Coalition for a District Alternative, Downtown Independent Democrats, Higher Heights for America PAC (as its No. 2 selection in ranked-choice voting), The Jewish Vote (co-endorsement with Maya Wiley), Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, NASW-NYC PACE, New York Progressive Action Network (co-endorsement with Maya Wiley), Progressive Women of New York (as its No. 1 selection in ranked-choice voting), Rockaway Revolution, Students for Gun Legislation (as its shared No. 1 selection in ranked-choice voting), Sunrise Movement NYC (co-endorsement with Stringer), Working Families Party (co-endorsement with Wiley)

Public Figures: State Sens. Jabari Brisport (as his No. 1 selection in ranked-choice voting) and Gustavo Rivera (as his No. 2 selection in ranked-choice voting); Assembly Members Harvey Epstein, Jessica González-Rojas and Marcela Mitaynes; activist Zephyr Teachout (as her No. 1 selection in ranked-choice voting)

Paperboy Prince, performer

Organizations: The Red Hook Star-Revue (co-endorsement with Kathryn Garcia)

Scott Stringer, New York City comptroller

Labor: Alliance of South Asian American Labor, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, Communications Workers of America District 1, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, District Council 9 International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, LIUNA-NY, Local Union No. 3 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Professional Staff Congress, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, Sheet Metal Workers Local 28, Teamsters Joint Council 16, Teamsters Local 237, Organization of Staff Analysts, United Auto Workers Region 9A (as its No. 1 selection in ranked-choice voting), United Federation of Teachers

Organizations: American Pakistani Advocacy Group, American Pakistani Public Affairs Committee, Barack Obama Democratic Club, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, Citizen Action of New York (as its No. 1 selection in ranked-choice voting), Chelsea Reform Democratic Club, Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club, Emgage PAC, Grand Street Democrats, Hell’s Kitchen Democrats, Independent Neighborhood Democrats, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, New Downtown Dems, Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club, Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City, Students for Gun Legislation (as its shared No. 2 selection in ranked-choice voting), Three Parks Independent Democrats, Village Independent Democrats, West Harlem Progressive Democratic Club, West Side Democrats

Public figures: Rep. Jerry Nadler; state Sen. Brian Kavanagh; Assembly Members Maritza Davila, Mathylde Frontus, Richard Gottfried, N. Nick Perry, Diana Richardson, Linda Rosenthal, Rebecca Seawright and Al Taylor; former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, former City Council Member Costa Constantinides, former Assembly Member Phil Goldfeder; environmental activist Bill McKibbin, actors Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo

Rescinded Stringer endorsements

Labor: UFCW Local 1500

Organizations: American Pakistani Advocacy Group, American Pakistani Public Affairs Committee, Citizen Action of New York (as its No. 1 selection in ranked-choice voting), Emgage PAC, Food & Water Action, The Jewish Vote (as its shared No. 2 selection in ranked-choice voting), Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, Progressive Women of New York (as its No. 3 selection in ranked-choice voting), New York Communities for Change, Sunrise Movement NYC (co-endorsement with Morales), Working Families Party (as its No. 1 selection in ranked-choice voting)

Public figures: Reps. Jamaal Bowman and Adriano Espaillat; state Sens. Alessandra Biaggi, Jabari Brisport (as his No. 2 selection in ranked-choice voting), Robert Jackson, Jessica Ramos, Gustavo Rivera, Julia Salazar and José M. Serrano; Assembly Members Robert Carroll, Catalina Cruz, Carmen De La Rosa, Yuh-Line Niou, Nily Rozic and Amanda Septimo; New York City Council Members Diana Ayala, Mark Levine and Jimmy Van Bramer

Maya Wiley, former counsel to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

Labor: 1199SEIU

Organizations: 504 Democratic Club, Amplify Her, Coalition for a District Alternative (as its No. 2 selection in ranked-choice voting), Democracy for America, Emily’s List, Freelancers Union (co-endorsement with Andrew Yang), Higher Heights for America PAC (as its No. 1 selection in ranked-choice voting), The Jewish Vote (as its No. 2 selection in ranked-choice voting), Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens, New York Progressive Action Network (co-endorsement with Dianne Morales), Progressive Women of New York (as its No. 2 selection in ranked-choice voting), Working Families Party (co-endorsement with Morales)

Public figures: Reps. Yvette Clarke and Nydia Velázquez; state Sen. Michael Gianaris; Assembly Members Khaleel Anderson, Jeffrion Aubry, Deborah Glick, Andrew Hevesi and Latoya Joyner; former Assembly Member Michael Blake; New York City Council Members Stephen Levin and Helen Rosenthal; former New York City Public Advocate Mark Green, former City Council Member James Vacca; actors Tichina Arnold, Yvette Nicole Brown, Chris Evans, Jonathan Frakes, Kathy Griffin, Rosie O’Donnell, Patton Oswalt, Alyssa Milano and Gabrielle Union; activists Gloria Steinem and Zephyr Teachout (as her No. 2 selection in ranked-choice voting)

Isaac Wright Jr., defense attorney

Public figures: Rappers and entrepreneurs 50 Cent and Fat Joe

Andrew Yang, former Democratic presidential candidate

Organizations: AAPI Victory Fund, Borough Park United, Freelancers Union (co-endorsement with Maya Wiley), Chang Le America Association, Fujian Foundation in USA, Fukien American Association,the John F. Kennedy Regular Democratic Club, New Era Democrats, New York City Asian-American Democratic Club, United Fujianese of America Association, United Overseas Fujianese Association of America, Uptown Democratic Club

Public figures: Reps.Grace Meng and Ritchie Torres; Assembly Members Kenny Burgos, Simcha Eichenstein, Ron Kim and Daniel Rosenthal; New York City Council Members Margaret Chin, Vanessa Gibson, Carlos Menchaca and Kalman Yeger; actors Daniel Dae Kim, John Leguizamo and Amy Schumer

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed James Dolan and Gwyneth Paltrow as endorsing McGuire. While both have donated to McGuire’s campaign, neither has publicly endorsed.

Jeff Coltin
is a senior reporter at City & State. He covers New York City Hall.
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