Maya Wiley Announces Endorsement of Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubry and Launches “Black Men for Maya”

QUEENS – Today, New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley continues to gain momentum and support with the endorsement of New York State Assemblymember Jeffrion (Jeff) Aubry, and the launch of Black Men for Maya, a group of Black Male community and business leaders, activists, and athletes dedicated to making Maya the next Mayor of New York. Aubry represents New York’s 35th district, which includes East Elmhurst, LeFrak City, parts of Corona, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and Rego Park.

New York City is ready for a Black woman to lead our city’s pandemic recovery,” said Jeff Aubry, State Assemblymember of New York’s 35th district. “Maya Wiley has the experience, and understanding of what our city needs to emerge stronger and more equitable in the months and years ahead. Her vision for New York will improve the lives of every single New Yorker. I am honored to stand side by side with these incredible Black men in support of Maya’s historic run for Mayor, and look forward to being her ally in Albany when she assumes office.”

“Today, I am honored to receive the endorsement of Assemblymember Aubry and the support of these accomplished Black men,” said Maya Wiley. “Jeff Aubry has served his district admirably during the past 29 years. His effort to repeal the racist Rockefeller drug laws that penalized misdemeanors with hard jail time has inarguably improved our criminal justice system. He and these incredible Black men understand that we need to continuously work to create a more equitable city, and I look forward to fighting in the trenches for what is right with these men.”

Among the Black men who have joined Black Men for Maya coalition are:

  • George Gresham, President, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East;
  • Michael Blake, Vice President, Democratic National Committee;
  • Khaleel Anderson, Assemblymember of District 31, New York State;
  • Zach Carter, Former General Counsel, New York City;
  • Stephen Jackson, Executive Director, Workshop in Business Opportunities;
  • Butch Beard, Former NBA Champion, Golden State Warriors;
  • Jim Trotter, Sportscaster and Sportswriter, ESPN;
  • Rev. Dr. Marvin Hooks, Pastor, First AME Zion Church;
  • Rev. Johnnie Green, Pastor, Mt. Neboh Baptist Church;
  • Max Markham, Policy Director, March for Our Lives;
  • Richard Buery, Chief Executive Officer, Achievement First;
  • Mitty Owens; Executive Director, The Hope Program;
  • Kenny Carter, President, Father’s Alive In The Hood;
  • Lloyd Lesperance, Freelancers Union;
  • Edward Rodriguez, Private Practice Attorney; and
  • Jason Pettigrew, Volunteer, Maya Wiley for Mayor.

The launch of Black Men for Maya is the latest voter coalition launched by the Wiley campaign following the announcements of Vaya Con Maya, and Black Women for Maya.

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 Latoya Joyner, Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi, 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 and The Jewish Vote.

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; and a plan to fight evictions.