The New York City based newspaper, the New York Times – that has won 125 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other newspaper – endorsed New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams for Lt. Governor over current Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, on Thursday.
The Times referred to Hochul as “little more than an echo” to Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Governor did receive the paper’s endorsement for his party’s primary.
“We have endorsed Mr. Cuomo for governor in the Democratic primary, while arguing that he is likely to act aggressively against systemic corruption in Albany only if reformers continue to pressure him,” said the Times.
The New York City paper with worldwide influence and readership believes Williams, a New York City Councilman, can be a person who could apply that pressure to Cuomo.
“Mr. Williams, a three-term councilman from Brooklyn, has also said he would use the office as a bully pulpit to push for progress on affordable housing, the subways and criminal justice reform. And he has promised to call out the governor — whoever that may be — whenever necessary,” said the Times.
In addition to the NY Times, other endorsements Williams received include the Working Families Party, Democratic Socialists of America NYC, The New York Amsterdam News, The Buffalo Challenger, The Haitian Times, Our Revolution, Make The Road Action, District Council 1707 – AFSCME, District Council 37- Local 371, District Council 37- Local 420, NYC Council Progressive Caucus Alliance, Rochester For All, 504 Democratic Club, New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN), Blacks In law Enforcement of America (BLEA), People For Bernie Sanders, Citizens Action New York, Tenants PAC, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, New York Communities for Change, ROCITIZEN (Rochester), New Kings Democrats, Ernest Skinner Political Association, Broadway Democrats, CODA Lower East Side, North Brooklyn Progressive Democrats, Three Parks Independent Democrats, Ulster People for Justice and Democracy, Grand Street Democrats, Staten Island Democratic Association, Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan, Downtown Independent Democrats, Long Island Activists, The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, West Harlem Democratic Club, Brooklyn Young Democrats, The Muslim Democratic Club, The Center for Popular Democracy Action, The Sunrise Movement, Community Voices Heard Power, Progressive Women of Pelham, The Trans United Fund, Kids PAC NYC, Voters for Animal Rights and the NY BAT Teachers.
Jumaane Williams appears on Episode 163 of the People Before Politics Show in April and The Black Westchester Power Hour Radio Show, Monday, July 2nd. Williams was also a panelist at the first annual Westchester Black Political Convention (WBPC), Saturday, February 10th.