Gov. Kathy Hochul has a huge lead in the 2022 Democratic primary for governor, at least judging by the endorsement she has received so far from political notables across the state.
New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams has some big names to tout, but Rep. Tom Suozzi of Long Island has yet to announce any endorsements for his recently launched campaign. State Attorney General Letitia James dropped out of the race on Dec. 9, which leaves Hochul in a dominating position in the ongoing competition for endorsements before the June primary. The winner will face whoever the Republicans nominate for the November general election.
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 mobilize voters.
We scoured press releases, social media and candidates’ websites to compile a list of the most current endorsements, as of Jan. 10.
Kathy Hochul, incumbent governor
Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester and Putnam Counties, Hotel Trades Council, United Steelworkers, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union
Cattaraugus County Democratic Committee, Chautauqua County Democratic Committee, Democratic Governors Association, Emily’s List, Erie County Democratic Committee, Genesee County Democratic Committee, Hotel Association of New York City, Livingston County Democratic Committee, New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association, Niagara County Democratic Committee.
Govs. Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania; Rep. Brian Higgins, Rep. Joseph Morelle and former Rep. Charlie Rangel; state Sens. Jeremy Cooney, Andrew Gounardes, Pete Harckham, Michelle Hinchey, Brad Hoylman, Brian Kavanagh, Tim Kennedy, Liz Krueger, John Mannion, Rachel May, Shelley Mayer, Roxanne Persaud, Elijah Reichlin-Melnick, Sean Ryan, Diane Savino and James Skoufis; Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Assembly Members Peter Abbate Jr., Didi Barrett, Harry Bronson, Chris Burdick, William Colton, Bill Conrad, Steve Cymbrowitz, Taylor Darling, Maritza Davila, Inez Dickens, Erik Dilan, Steve Englebright, Patricia Fahy, Deborah Glick, Sandy Galef, Dick Gottfried, Pamela Hunter, Jonathan Jacobson, Billy Jones, Donna Lupardo, Jennifer Lunsford, Bill Magnarelli, John McDonald III, Karen McMahon, Catherine Nolan, Danny O’Donnell, Steve Otis, Amy Paulin, Jonathan Rivera, Nily Rozic, Rebecca Seawright, Steve Stern, Al Stirpe, Monica Wallace, Jaime Williams, Carrie Woerner, Ken Zebrowski; New York City Council Members Erik Bottcher, Gale Brewer and Julie Menin and former New York City Council Members Corey Johnson and Alan Maisel; Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach, Kingston Mayor Steve Noble, and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson; Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, Saratoga Springs Mayor Ron Kim; former Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen, former Saratoga Springs Mayor Valerie Keehn, former Saratoga Springs Mayor Ken Klotz; Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy; Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, Auburn Mayor Mike Quill; Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin; Homer Mayor Hal McCabe and Cayuga County Legislature Chair Aileen McNabb-Colemanl, Dutchess County Comptroller Robin Lois, Ulster County Comptroller March Gallagher, Red Hook Village Mayor Karen Smythe, New Lebanon Supervisor Tistrya Houghtling, New Paltz Supervisor Neil Bettez, Saugerties Supervisor Fred Costello, Woodstock Supervisor Bill McKenna; Chautauqua County Legislator Billy Torres; Monroe County Legislator Yversha Roman, Monroe County Legislator Mercedes Vazquez Simmons; Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas; Buffalo Common Council Majority Leader David Rivera
Other public figures:
State Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs, NAACP New York State Conference President Hazel Dukes, Albany County Democratic Committee Chair Jake Crawford, Broome County Democratic Committee Chair Barbara Fiala, Monroe County Democratic Committee Chair Zach King, Suffolk County Democratic Committee Chair Rich Schaffer, Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn, former Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair Frank Seddio and at least 40 other local committee chairs
Tom Suozzi, Member of the House of Representatives
Jumaane Williams, New York City public advocate
504 Democratic Club
New York City Comptroller Brad Lander; Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso; New York City Council Members Alexa Avilés, Tiffany Cabán, Jennifer Gutiérrez, Chris Marte, Lincoln Restler and Julie Won; former Democratic mayoral nominee India Walton of Buffalo, Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson and Hudson Common Council Majority Leader Tiffany Garriga; Rochester City Council Member Mary Lupien and incoming Rochester City Council Member Stanley Martin; Brighton Town Board Member Robin Wilt
Other public figures:
Former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner
Letitia James, state attorney general, who dropped out of the race on Dec. 9
Transport Workers Union International
Democratic Attorneys General Association, Higher Heights for America, Collective PAC
State Sens. Kevin Parker, Jessica Ramos and James Skoufis; Assembly Members Nathalia Fernandez, Alicia Hyndman, Kimberly Jean-Pierre and Nily Rozic; Bronx Borough President-elect Vanessa Gibson; Manhattan Borough President-elect Mark Levine; Westchester County Executive George Latimer, Westchester County Legislature members Ben Boykin, Nancy Barr, Catherine Borgia, Vedat Gashi, Christopher Johnson, Jewel Williams Johnson, Catherine Parker, MaryJane Shimsky, Colin Smith, David Tubiolo, Ruth Walter, Alfreda Williams