Mayoral hopeful Maya Wiley has locked down the endorsement of Rep. Nydia Velázquez, giving her campaign a boost as she attempts to secure public matching funds later this month.
Velázquez (D-N.Y.), who represents parts of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, made the announcement Friday afternoon with Wiley on the Lower East Side.
“Maya Wiley is a transformational leader who won’t just rebuild New York, but reimagine it,” Velázquez said. “Whether it’s taking the affordability crisis head-on, working to save our small businesses or fighting to create good-paying jobs, Maya is the right person for New York City.”
Wiley is a former MSNBC commentator who also once served as one of Mayor de Blasio’s top legal advisers. She has never held elected office.
Last month, she won a key endorsement from the politically powerful healthcare workers union, 1199 SEIU, another much-needed lift for a campaign that, according to the most recent polling, is stuck in the middle of a crowded Democratic primary field.