A Cross-Endorsement in The Bronx: Maya Wiley and Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernández

BRONX – Earlier today, Maya Wiley, candidate for New York City Mayor and Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernández, candidate for Bronx Borough President, delivered cross endorsements on the steps of Borough Hall. The cross-endorsement comes after Maya Wiley joined Assemblywoman Fernández for a walk-through of the Arthur Avenue business corridor.

Watch the endorsement event here.

Maya Wiley noted to the crowd Assemblywoman Fernández’s fierce progressive values and leadership on environmental justice, public health, and safety and her plan to bring economic stability to the borough.

“I am so honored to have Assembly Member Nathalia Fernández’s support and I am excited to endorse her for Bronx Borough President. In the State Assembly, Nathalia has fought against environmental racism, prioritized gun violence prevention and held police accountable through the Andrew Kearse Act. Nathalia and I share a commitment to social justice – to uplifting Black and brown communities that are so often overlooked – and I look forward to partnering with her to build an equitable recovery for all Bronxites,” said Maya Wiley.

Assemblywoman Fernández credited Maya Wiley for her life’s work fighting for people who didn’t get what they deserve, combating racism, and fearless confrontation of inequality as the deciding factors in her making her mayoral endorsement.

“The Bronx needs a partner, someone who will make the borough a priority. Someone who understands our hardships and has a plan to ease our everyday struggles, who knows that to fully recover from the pandemic, we need to work together to make tough decisions. Maya Wiley is that person,” said Assemblywoman Fernández. “Maya gets it. Like me, she knows Bronxites have been hit hard this past year and are struggling to find work, pay rent and escape an uptick in gun violence. It is time for strong female leadership that can bring us into the next chapter of history. Maya has the bold, innovative ideas we need to prosper. Together, I believe Maya and I will get it done.”

Both campaigns have the potential for historic outcomes. If elected New York City mayor, Maya Wiley would be the first woman to serve. If elected Bronx borough president, Assemblywoman Fernández would be the first woman to be elected to the position and the first Latina elected to borough-wide office in New York City history.

Maya has been endorsed by 1199SEIU, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, 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, Mark Green, Gloria Steinem, 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 (NYPAN), the 504 Democratic Club, and Democracy For America.  She has received ranked choice endorsements from the Working Families Party, 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; and a plan to fight evictions.