Updated: Cuomo and Nixon are piling up endorsements

The Nation endorsed Cynthia Nixon, while The New York Times backed Andrew Cuomo
The Nation endorsed Cynthia Nixon, while The New York Times backed Andrew Cuomo
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Updated: Cuomo and Nixon are piling up endorsements

A guide to who's gotten behind whom.
September 5, 2018

The New York Times editorial board, a frequent critic of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, endorsed Cuomo in the Democratic primary governor’s race on Tuesday. The Times cited Cynthia Nixon’s candidacy as a positive force pushing Cuomo towards reform but ultimately declared her too inexperienced.

LGBT groups, including the state’s largest LGBT Democratic club, have also come out on Cuomo’s side despite his primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon, identifying as “queer.” In its decision, the Stonewall Democrats extolled Cuomo’s record on LGBT issues such as legalizing same-sex marriage and banning conversion therapy in New York.

However, a recent endorsement by a prominent Jewish leader, New York Satmar Rebbe Zalman Tietelbaum, is shrouded in accusations of dishonesty. The Yeshiva World reported that the governor allegedly told Tietelbaum that he would not interfere in yeshiva education during a meeting at the rabbi’s home in Williamsburg – a claim that Cuomo did not directly refute. In recent years, Orthodox yeshivas in New York City have been under investigation over allegations that they provide inadequate secular education.

Here’s a recap of these endorsements – and many more – that the two gubernatorial campaigns have received so far. City & State reached out to both campaigns and received an updated list from the Nixon campaign, but Cuomo’s campaign did not respond.
 

Andrew Cuomo

Public figures:

Hillary Clinton
Joe Biden
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Rep. Nydia Velazquez
Rep. Jose Serrano
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul
Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
State Sen. John Brooks
State Sen. Velmanette Montgomery
State Sen. Roxanne Persuad
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Assemblyman Marcos Crespo
Assemblywoman Latrice Walkers
Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright
Former Assemblywoman Annette Robinson
Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James
Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr.
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson
New York City Councilwoman Adrienne Adams
New York City Councilwoman Alicka Ampry-Samuel
New York City Councilman Justin Brannan
New York City Councilman Andrew Cohen
New York City Councilman Costa Constantinides
New York City Councilman Robert Cornegy, Jr.
New York City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo
New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch
New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm
New York City Councilman Mathieu Eugene
New York City Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson
New York City Councilman Mark Gjonaj
New York City Councilman Barry Grodenchik
New York City Councilman Andy King
New York City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz
New York City Councilman Stephen Levin
New York City Councilman Peter Koo
New York City Councilman Rory Lancman
New York City Councilman Alan Maisel
New York City Councilman I. Daneek Miller
New York City Councilman Francisco Moya
New York City Councilman Donovan Richards
New York City Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr.
New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres
New York City Councilman Mark Treyger
New York City Councilman Paul Vallone
New York City Councilman Kalman Yeger
Candidate for New York’s 2nd Congressional District Liuba Gretchen Shirley
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy
Broome County Executive Jason Garner
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein
Westchester County Executive George Latimer
Chair of the Erie County Democratic Committee Jeremy Zellner
New York Satmar Rebbe Zalman Tietelbaum

Unions:

1199SEIU
UFCW Local 1500
32BJ SEIU
RWDSU
CSEA
New York State AFL-CIO
Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)
CWA Local 1180
District Council 37
New York State Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)
New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA)
Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)
Teamsters Joint Council 16
United Auto-Workers (UAW)

Organizations:

National Organization for Women – New York
New York State Democratic Committee
Human Rights Campaign
The New York Times
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens NYCHA Tenant Leaders
NIRH Action Fund PAC
Planned Parenthood Empire State Votes PAC

Political clubs:

Ansonia Independent Democrats/Park River Independent Democrats
Arturo Schomburg Democratic Club
Ben Franklin Reform Democratic Club (Bronx)
Chelsea Reform Democratic Club
Community Free Democrats
Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan
Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club
El Nuevo Caribe Democratic Club
Erie County Democratic Committee
Frederick E. Samuel Community Democratic Club
Gay & Lesbian Independent Democrats (GLID)
Geraldine A. Ferraro Democratic Club
Hell’s Kitchen Democrats
Independent Neighborhood Democrats
Lesbian Gay Democratic Club of Queens (LGDC)
Lexington Democrats
Lower East Side Democratic Club
Martin Luther King Jr. Democratic Club
NYC & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters
Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club
Stonewall Democratic Club
United Democratic Organization
West Harlem Progressive Democratic Club
 

Cynthia Nixon

Public figures:

New York City Councilman Carlos Menchaca
New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer
Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
New York Attorney General candidate Zephyr Teachout
Former state Sen. Terry Gibson
Albany Common Council member Joyce Love
Albany County Legislators Doug Bullock, William Reinhardt, and Merton Simpson
Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi
Assemblyman Thomas J. Abinanti
Assemblyman Daniel J. O’Donnell
Assemblyman Harvey Epstein
New York City Councilman Antonio Reynoso
New York City Councilman Brad Lander
Hudson Common Council Majority Leader and 2nd Ward Alderman Tiffany Garriga
Hudson 4th Ward Supervisor Linda Mussman
Newburgh City Councilwoman Karen Mejia
Former Speaker of the New York City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito
Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org
Democratic state Senate candidate Jessica Ramos
Democratic state Senate candidate Julia Salazar
Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Jumaane Williams
Democratic state Senate candidate Robert Jackson

Organizations:

Working Families Party
Make the Road Action
New York Communities for Change
Democracy for America
Citizen Action New York
New York Progressive Action Network
Our Revolution
Center for Popular Democracy Action
350 Action
Daily Kos
The Nation
#VOTEPROCHOICE
350 Action
Disability Action for America
Young Progressives of America
Tenants PAC

Political clubs:

Broadway Democrats
Brooklyn Young Democrats
Buffalo DSA
NYC DSA
Rochester DSA
Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats (CBID)
Coalition for a District Alternative (CODA)
Downtown Independent Democrats (DID)
Grand Street Democrats
Indivisible Brooklyn
Indivisible (national)
The Jewish Vote
Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club
Justice Democrats
New Kings Democrats
Our Revolution
Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC)
Staten Island Democratic Association (SIDA)
Syracuse DSA
Three Parks Independent Democrats
Village Independent Democrats
Alliance for Quality Education
Brooklyn Democrats
Lambda Independent Democrats
Muslim Democratic Club

Jordan Laird
is an editorial intern at City & State.
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