Maya Wiley In New Ad: “It Is Time The NYPD Sees Us As People Who Deserve To Breathe.”

 Wiley Vows To Take On Police Misconduct In New Ad Titled “Breathe

New York — Today, New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley released her newest campaign ad titled “Breathe.” Showing scenes of NYPD misconduct around last year’s George Floyd protests, the :30 second ad outlines how Maya will transform the police department while investing in communities, and keeping them safe.

“New Yorkers, especially Black and brown New Yorkers, are, too often, rightfully scared of the police department. For too long, they have over-policed and abused our communities,” said Campaign Manager Maya Rupert. “It is time New York has a progressive champion who has been leading the calls for accountability since the beginning of this race. Maya Wiley has the plans and the know-how to transform the police department, invest in communities, and come up with solutions that will actually keep people safe.”

Earlier, Maya Wiley announced her plan to transform the police department and public safety. Wiley’s plan brings forth a comprehensive and bold approach to transforming the NYPD, creating wide investment in communities, and solutions to keep New Yorkers safe. The full plan can be viewed here. As Mayor, Maya will support the following:

  • Creating real civilian oversight and addressing police violence at its root and before it happens;

  • Rewriting the rules of policing and reimagining the job so police officers focus on problems they can help solve;

  • Creating real and meaningful accountability and consequences for all forms of police misconduct;

  • Bringing the NYPD budget in line with our values and priorities;

  • Fundamentally shifting policing and public safety to a focus on the root causes of crime; and

  • Renegotiating the contract between the City and Police Benevolent Association (PBA) to end the union’s oversized influence and the Department’s evasion of accountability.


(Maya Wiley): “They ran into peaceful protestors, beat others to the ground,

and New York’s Leaders defended it.

But, it was an injustice to those who know Black Lives Matter.

“I’m Maya Wiley, as a mom and civil rights lawyer, I’ve had enough.

I’ll transform the police, and keep communities safe.

As mayor, I’ll be in charge, and I’ll get it done.

Because it is time the NYPD sees us as people who deserve to breathe.“

Maya has been endorsed by 1199SEIU, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards, 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, 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 (NYPAN), the 504 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; and a plan to fight evictions.