Who are prominent New Yorkers endorsing for president?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Who are prominent New Yorkers endorsing for president?

The Democratic endorsements are rolling in.
January 13, 2020

It’s finally 2020, the year of the presidential election, and the Democratic candidates are solidifying their support ahead of the early primaries and caucuses – which kick off with the Iowa caucus on Feb. 3. New Yorkers won’t vote until April 28, but dozens of prominent political experts and Empire State elected officials are already making their endorsements.

One member of the still-crowded field is former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. But Mayor Mike hasn’t been able to garner much support from his newly adopted party in his home state just yet. His mayoral record, in particular, may make it hard for the billionaire to win over Democratic voters, considering the NYPD’s heavy reliance of low-level marijuana arrests and stop-and-frisk tactics (for which he recently apologized) and worsening homelessness on his watch.

Nonetheless, some prominent New Yorkers are signing on. Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone, a close Cuomo ally, endorsed Bloomberg’s presidential bid on Dec. 16. Rep. Max Rose, hoping to stave off a Republican challenge for his embattled Staten Island congressional seat, backed Bloomberg on Jan. 13. And state Sen. Todd Kaminsky, a moderate Democrat from Nassau County, signed on Jan. 17. Who knows what other votes Bloomberg’s arsenal of cash could earn him in the coming weeks.

As the Democratic candidates lay out their agendas and begin to show their fundraising and polling prowess, City & State is keeping an eye on the endorsements. Check our endorsement tracker regularly to find out which candidates are getting support from which elected officials, unions and organizations.


Michael Bennet


Joseph Biden
Public figures: Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Rep. Thomas Suozzi, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, former Reps. Charles Rangel and Steve Israel, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew, state Sens. Monica Martinez, Kevin Thomas, Leroy Comrie, Roxanne Persaud and Tim Kennedy


Michael Bloomberg


Pete Buttigieg
Public figures: Assembly members Amy Paulin and Robert Rodriguez, Ulster County Executive Pat RyanNew Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, Homer Mayor Hal McCabe, election lawyer Jerry Goldfeder


John Delaney


Tulsi Gabbard


Amy Klobuchar
Organizations: The New York Times Editorial Board (co-endorsement with Elizabeth Warren)

Deval Patrick


Bernie Sanders
Public figures: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; state Sens. Michael Gianaris, Jessica Ramos, Luis Sepúlveda (who formerly endorsed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio), Julia Salazar and James Sanders; Assembly members Phil Steck and Ron Kim; New York City Public Advocate Jumaane WilliamsNew York City Councilman Rafael Espinalformer Assemblywoman Christine PellegrinoZephyr Teachout, anti-corruption scholar and former attorney general candidate.
Organizations: Make the Road Action


Tom Steyer


Elizabeth Warren
Public figures: New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer; state Sens. Alessandra Biaggi, Liz Krueger, Rachel May and Gustavo Rivera; Assembly members Yuh-Line Niou, Linda Rosenthal, Harvey Epstein, Pat Burke, Jo Anne Simo and Catalina Cruz; New York City Council members Costa ConstantinidesBen KallosBrad LanderAntonio Reynoso, Costa Constantinides and Jimmy Van Bramerformer New York City Public Advocate Mark Green, former New York City Councilman Ken Fisher
Organizations: Working Families Party, The New York Times Editorial Board (co-endorsement with Amy Klobuchar)


Andrew Yang


With reporting by Jeff Coltin, Maggie Garred, Jon Lentz, Rebecca C. Lewis and Zach Williams

Correction: Former City Councilwoman Ronnie Eldridge has not endorsed Pete Buttigieg; City & State was provided incorrect information.

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