NEW YORK – Progressive Women of New York today announced its statewide slate of endorsed candidates in the next primary election — including a pair of mayoral challengers who would bring desperately needed fresh leadership to the state’s two biggest cities.
In Westchester, PWNY is supporting Tasha D. Young for Greenburgh Town Supervisor, who previously served as Chief of Staff to New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo, is challenging thirty-year incumbent Paul Feiner, who is vying for a 16th two-year term. Ms. Young, an advocate, educator, social worker and leader, if elected will make history as the First African-American, First Woman and First Black Woman to the run the town of Greenburgh since it was founded in 1788. In Mount Vernon PWNY is supporting Councilwoman Delia M. Farquharson who is running for re-election and “Progress 4 Peekskill” candidates – Amy Perlow, Amy Vele, Vanessa Agudelo for Peekskill City Council.
PWNY is supporting Dianne Morales, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor in New York City, and India Walton, seeking the Party’s ballot line for mayor of Buffalo.
Party primaries will be held across the state on June 22, 2021, with early voting available. New York City will once again offer ranked-choice voting, with voters permitted to choose up to five candidates per office.
Morales, 53, is facing a crowded field of at least 10 candidates in the NYC primary. Bill de Blasio is not seeking re-election. A native of Brooklyn, Morales is the former CEO of a nonprofit that fights poverty in the South Bronx. She stepped down from her role to run for mayor.
Noting that she is proud to have the support of PWNY, Morales said: “New York City’s last 109 mayors, with the exception of one, have been white and male. The time is now to have those closest to the problems drive the solutions.
“This campaign is bigger than me, it’s about us. We must disrupt the status quo and refuse to accept the norms of inequality that never worked for us before and won’t ever work for us in the future. Time will not change things, we will — together.”
Walton is challenging incumbent Democrat Byron Brown, who has been Buffalo’s mayor since 2006. A healthcare worker and activist, she is the founding executive director of a community land trust that develops affordable housing on the city’s impoverished East Side.
“The endorsement of Progressive Women of New York means so much to me,” Walton said. “I know from experience that women lead with care, and our paths to victory are fraught with so many challenges. I am proud to have received the endorsement and excited to become the first woman to serve as mayor of Buffalo.”
Lindsey Boylan, PWNY’s endorsee for Manhattan borough president, stresses that the pandemic has disproportionately impacted women both at work and at home. “Women have led us through this pandemic,” Boylan said, “and women should lead the recovery efforts as we emerge from it.”
Founded in 2017, Progressive Women of New York is a political activism and social justice organization with more than 1,600 female and non-binary members statewide. It is committed to upholding progressive values and human rights at all levels of government. Morales, Walton, Boylan, and many of the other endorsees are PWNY members.
“There are so many obstacles unique to women challenging the establishment,” said Jasi Robinson, former State Senate candidate from Staten Island and member of PWNY’s steering committee and endorsements team. “From Dianne in New York City to India in Buffalo, we are proud to support strong, uncompromising women of color.”
PWNY co-founder Dominique Shuminova described the organization’s endorsement process as “agonizing at times” but said, “we never lost sight of our goal of introducing people to inspiring progressives who deserve their support. It takes enormous courage and personal sacrifice to stand up for the most vulnerable in their communities as these candidates are doing.”
PWNY’s 2021 Endorsements Team will announce another round of endorsements before the general election, to be held November 2nd.
PROGRESSIVE WOMEN OF NEW YORK 2021 PRIMARY ENDORSEES
New York City (ranked-choice recommendations in parentheses)
MAYOR: Dianne Morales (1st), Maya Wiley (2nd), Scott Stringer (3rd). COMPTROLLER: Brad Lander (1st), Reshma Patel (2nd). BOROUGH PRESIDENTS: Brooklyn – Antonio Reynoso; Manhattan – Lindsey Boylan; Staten Island – Lorie Honor; Queens – Jimmy Van Bramer. BRONX CIVIL COURT JUDGE: Yadhira Gonzalez.
NYC COUNCIL: District 1 – Tiffany Johnson Winbush; District 3 – Aleta Lafargue; District 5 – Tricia Shimamura (1st), Kim Moscaritolo (2nd), Rebecca Lamorte (3rd); District 9 – Kristen Richardson Jordan (1st), Sheba Simpson (2nd); District 10 – Johanna Garcia (1st), Angela Fernandez (2nd), Carmen De La Rosa (3rd); District 11 – Mino Lora; District 12 – Shanequa Moore; District 13 – Marjorie Velasquez; District 14 – Adolfo Abreu (1st), Pierina Sanchez (2nd); District 16 – Althea Stevens; District 18 – Amanda Farias; District 21 – Ingrid Gomez; District 22 – Tiffany Cabán (1st), Evie Hantzopoulos (2nd). District 23 – Jaslin Kaur; District 24 – Moumita Ahmed; District 25 – Carolyn Tran (1st), Shekar Krishnan (2); District 26 – Julia Forman; District 29 – Aleda Gagarin; District 30 – Juan Ardila; District 32 – Felicia Singh; District 33 – Elizabeth Adams; District 34 – Jennifer Gutiérrez; District 35 – Crystal Hudson; District 37 – Sandy Nurse; District 38 – Alexa Aviles (1st), Rodrigo Camarena (2); District 39 – Shahana Hanif (1st), Brandon West (2); District 49 – Amoy Barnes (1st), Selina Grey (2); District 51 – Olivia Drabczyk.
BUFFALO MAYOR: India Walton. GREENBURGH TOWN SUPERVISOR: Tasha D. Young. ITHACA COMMON COUNCIL: “Solidarity Slate” – Phoebe Brown, George DeFendini, and Shania Foster; Marty Hiller. MONROE COUNTY LEGISLATURE: District 14 – Sue Hughes-Smith; District 22 – Mercedes Vazquez-Simmons; District 24 – Rajesh Barnabas. MOUNT VERNON CITY COUNCIL: Delia M. Farquharson. NEWBURGH CITY COUNCIL: Ward 1 – Giselle Martinez. PEEKSKILL CITY COUNCIL: “Progress 4 Peekskill” – Amy Perlow, Amy Vele, Vanessa Agudelo. ROCHESTER CITY COUNCIL: “People’s Slate” – Brittan Hardgers, Kevin Stewart, Kim Smith, Stanley Martin. SYRACUSE COMMON COUNCIL: Kayla Johnson, Rasheada Caldwell. TOMPKINS COUNTY LEGISLATURE: District 2 – Veronica Pillar (lost special election in March by only 5 votes!)