Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed Maya Wiley for mayor of New York, a dramatic intervention that could increase the chances that the city will elect a woman for the first time and only its second black leader.
Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive leader in Congress popularly known as AOC, rose to national prominence in 2018 when she defeated longtime incumbent Joe Crowley for the Democratic nomination in a borough of Queens and the Bronx.
“If we don’t come together as a movement, we will get a New York City built by and for billionaires, and we need a city by and for workers,” Ocasio-Cortez saying on Saturday. “So we will vote for Maya No1.”
Wiley is an attorney and community organizer who was an advisor to current Mayor Bill de Blasio and has taught urban politics and social justice at the New School in Manhattan.
“She will be a progressive at Gracie Mansion”, Ocasio-Cortez saying, referring to the residence of the mayor’s office. “We cannot allow New York to become a playground for the rich where workers cannot afford to live.”
Wiley praised Ocasio-Cortez as a strong leader and vowed to do the same for the city.
“It’s time for us to have this kind of courage to take us to a historic crossroads,” Wiley said, according to the New York Daily News, referring to the city’s outlook after the coronavirus pandemic. “We need the courage to bring all New Yorkers back with us.”
This week Wiley he told the New Yorker: “There is a progressive in this race who can win this race. And I am “.
In April, he told The Guardian that he wanted to change a story that has seen New York elect 109 mayors, 108 of them white men, with the exception of David Dinkins, who ran the city for three years since 1990 and died last. November, at age 93. .
For long stretches, the race for New York has been led by Andrew Yang, a downtown tech entrepreneur who achieved his own national fame with a surprisingly strong run in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.
After failing to get a cabinet spot from Joe Biden, Yang entered the race to succeed de Blasio in New York.
Mistakes and mistakes, including choosing to live out of town during the pandemic, do not vote for mayor between 2001 and 2017 and supposedly misinterpreting the subway system did not stop him from dominating the first polls.
Democrats will elect their candidate, and in all likelihood the next mayor, given the city’s political leanings, on June 22. The primaries will be conducted by ranking voting, which allows voters to choose up to five candidates in order of preference. It is possible that some of the first results in other contests will be known that night, but it is unlikely that the nominees for mayor will be known for weeks.
Center they have tightened, with Yang, Wiley, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia, the top four in a crowded field.
García has been endorsed by the New York Times. Wiley hopes Ocasio-Cortez will speak to young New Yorkers like Gray Lady does to town establishment.
Hard hit in the early stages of the pandemic, New Yorkers are only now beginning to return to normal life. In his interview with The Guardian, Wiley said that Covid “once again exposed, like all of our crises that reveal racial inequality, our inability to invest in our people.
“… You know, 88% of New Yorkers who have died from Covid are people of color. We are not 80% of the population of New York City. The highest rates of unemployment are found in the same communities that had the highest death rates due to Covid. And the infection rates are higher, and it’s the same communities that are over-watched, and it’s the same communities that are struggling to get vaccinated.
“If we want to recover from Covid we have to pay attention to all of our people. And what we love about the city … is the fact that 800 languages are spoken here, and the fact that 40% of our people were born in another country, and the fact that we have descendants of North American slaves, and the fact that we have people who live in luxury housing and people who live in public housing, and that’s part of what makes us rich.
He was also asked how he would handle the notoriously difficult relationship between the mayor’s office and Andrew Cuomo, the powerful Democratic governor of New York State.
“I would handle the relationship with the governor in the same way that I handle all relationships,” he said. “Open communication, starting with principles and purposes that meet people’s needs.
“We have a shared constituency. There are many associations, we need to get what we need from the state government. And if you want partnerships that focus on tough problems and real solutions, choose a black woman. Because that’s what we do every day and in every way. “
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism