Maya Wiley Receives Endorsement From Village Independent Democrats Following Dominant Debate Performance

New York — Following her victory at last night’s first official Democratic mayoral primary debate, Maya Wiley was endorsed today by the influential  Village Independent Democrats (VID) today. The club’s endorsement builds on the momentum from Wiley’s strong debate performance.

“Last night VID voted to endorse the incredible Maya Wiley. Afterwards at the debate, she showed us again who she is and what she stands for, further cementing our support and desire to ensuring she makes it to City Hall,” said Mar Fitzgerald, co-president of Village Independent Democrats. “From laying out her plans to improve our schools and expand affordable housing to calling out her opponents—like Eric Adams—for his failure to uphold Democratic values, Maya Wiley proved to all New Yorkers that she is the leader we need to lift us out of this pandemic and into a stronger, more equitable future.”

Co-president, Cameron Krause said: “I’ve personally been a fan of Maya’s for a long time and am thrilled that our club has chosen to support her. I believe that Maya’s previous experience, coupled with her ability to translate policy to the layman will prove to be incredibly valuable. As mayor, she will make both VID and the entire city proud.”

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have the endorsement of Village Independent Democrats. For over half a century, their club has been committed to fighting for progressive values, reforming city politics and delivering real change for all New Yorkers,” said Maya Wiley. “Last night, I showed the people of New York City who I am, what I believe in, and what my vision is to rebuild our city in the wake of this pandemic. I’m so proud to have earned the support of this influential, historic organization and I can’t wait for us to work together to win this election and set ourselves to the hard work of building a stronger, more inclusive city for all.”

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.