A Cross Endorsement in Queens: Maya Wiley and City Council Candidate Amit Bagga Endorse Each Other

Bagga is the latest New York City progressive lining up behind Maya’s vision for New York City


New York — Today, New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley and City Council candidate and Queens-based activist Amit Singh Bagga issued a cross-endorsement. Bagga is the latest New York City progressive to join Wiley’s growing coalition of NYC leaders and organizations backing her campaign. In the last week, Wiley has received endorsements from Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Jamaal Bowman, Assembly Member Harvey Epstein and State Senator Julia Salazar, among others.

Bagga and Wiley made the announcement in a joint appearance at the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City. Bagga — who is running for City Council District 26 — is a longtime advocate for economic and social justice with 14 years of experience in public service. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Director of the City’s unprecedented $40 million census campaign. Bagga’s endorsement comes at a critical time in the mayoral race as Wiley’s momentum continues to surge ahead of the June 22nd primary.

“Amit is a dedicated and brilliant public servant and  a progressive champion who shares my vision for the future of New York,” said Maya Wiley. “From his incredible work on the Census to his tireless advocacy to make government work for working New Yorkers, Amit is an inspiration. I am so proud to endorse him to be the next City Councilor for District 26 and to have in my corner as we look ahead to rebuilding our city as a stronger, more equitable place to live for every single New Yorker.”

“If you believe that housing is a human right; that healthcare must be free and accessible to all; that every immigrant and worker must be guaranteed dignity from the streets to the workplace; that our kids deserve substantive, integrated educations; that urgently addressing our climate crisis is existential; and that our broken system of policing needs to be entirely reimagined — then there’s only one choice for you for mayor, and that is Maya Wiley,” said City Council candidate Amit Singh Bagga. “I could not be prouder to support Maya for Mayor, or be more honored to receive her endorsement for District 26. With our shared vision and values, we will build a district, a borough, and a city that offers economic opportunity to all, so that we may all live with dignity, and build power – together.”

Maya has been endorsed by 1199SEIU, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congressman Jamaal Bowman 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, Assembly Members Davila and Gallagher, Senator Salazar, District Leader Nemir-Olivares, 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, the 504 Democratic Club, New York State Nurses Association, Our Revolution, the Jim Owles Liberal 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; a housing plan for a just and livable city; and a plan to fight evictions.