NEW YORK — Today, New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley continued her surge to the front of the race for City Hall as she received another major endorsement, this time as the Number One choice of the New York City chapter of the National Organization for Women. The endorsement from the largest chapter of the influential women’s organization comes as Wiley continues to galvanize support among New York progressives across the city, including yesterday’s endorsements from New York Congress Members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman.
Standing behind the Fearless Girl Statue in the heart of the Financial District, Wiley received support from Sonia Ossorio and Abby Dobson, NOW-NYC’s Executive Director and President, respectively. NOW-NYC’s endorsement adds to Wiley’s rapidly growing support from both women’s groups and progressive leaders and organizations. In recent weeks, Wiley has received endorsements from Emily’s List, Amplify Her NYC and women’s rights activists Cecile Richards and Gloria Steinem along with progressive organizations like the New York Working Families Party, New York Progressive Action Network and progressive leaders like Assembly Member Maritza Davila, State Senator Julia Salazar and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro.
With early voting starting on June 12th — and Primary Day fast approaching on June 22nd — Wiley has broken out in recent weeks as the clear progressive frontrunner in the mayoral race. Yesterday, hundreds of Wiley supporters organized a coordinated, city-wide movement of over 100 events in support of her campaign as part of the “Mayamentum Day of Action.” Support for Wiley is surging, as evidenced by NOW-NYC’s endorsement.
“It is an incredible honor to receive this endorsement from the NYC chapter of the National Organization for Women,” said Maya Wiley. “To create a stronger, more equitable future where everyone can live and work in dignity, we must end discrimination and violence against women and girls, defend their reproductive rights, demand pay equity, and provide universal community care so that women can return to the workforce. As mayor, I will fight for the women of this city every single day and I’m proud to have NOW-NYC in my corner.”
“Maya Wiley will put women front and center. She has the best plan for lifting women up and moving our city forward,” said Sonia Ossorio, Executive Director of NOW-NYC. “Women are projected to be 61% of the Democratic primary voters. We get to decide. After 109 consecutive male mayors over 356 years, it’s time for a woman to lead.”
“Maya Wiley is, without question, the best person for the job of New York City’s next Mayor. Her life’s work advocating for equality and justice is strongly aligned with our mission at NOW-NYC,” said Abby Dobson, President of NOW-NYC. “Above the rest, her comprehensive policy plans and vision, know-how and expertise will address the critical and complex needs we face due to the crises of affordability, education, safety, systemic racism, gender-based violence, and public health we confront in NYC. Maya Wiley’s intersectional leadership is unapologetic in its aim to inspire and enact transformative change to fix what is broken in NYC. For everyday New Yorkers, particularly women and girls and people of color, this bold, balanced, and sensible approach is both compelling and refreshing.”
Maya has been endorsed by 1199SEIU, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Congressman Jamaal Bowman, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, 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, 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.