Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
(D-NY) has endorsed civil rights
lawyer Maya Wiley
for mayor of New York City
At a City Hall event on Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez endorsed the progressive mayoral candidate, as well as dozens of City Council candidates.
The congresswoman said in a speech, “I'm putting Maya first,” according to the New York Daily News
“She will be a progressive in Gracie Mansion,” Ocasio-Cortez continued, adding, “We cannot let New York become a playground for the wealthy where working people
cannot afford to live.”
According to The New Yorker
, Wiley, a civil rights lawyer who previously worked in Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration, helped get billions of dollars in city contracts to minority and women-owned businesses and helped shape New York's sanctuary-city laws.
Wiley is in a crowded field of Democratic candidates for mayor, with Andrew Yang
, Eric Adams, and Kathryn Garcia currently leading the polls. Wiley has been considered one of the most left-leaning candidates in the race, along with nonprofit executive Dianne Morales and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer
and left-leaning groups have withdrawn endorsements from Morales and Stringer, and Morales' senior adviser defected to Wiley's campaign last week. Ocasio-Cortez's colleague Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) had initially endorsed Stringer, but withdrew his endorsement after the initial allegation surfaced.
Wiley has stated that if elected, she intends to cut the budget of the New York Police Department
by $1 billion.
for the Democratic primary
is available from June 12 to June 20, with the primary election
taking place on June 22.