2021 Endorsements

This year’s primary is a tremendous opportunity to reshape New York City — open races at every level and 2/3 of City Council set to turn over. As we pull out of Covid’s shadow, we can’t miss this moment for progressive recovery.

NYC Mayor

Kathryn Garcia is a lifelong New Yorker and a dedicated public servant who has been called upon to solve the City’s greatest challenges. Garcia was the Incident Commander after Superstorm Sandy, was tapped to solve the lead crisis in public housing, and at the peak of the pandemic took charge of the city’s emergency food program. She’s a proven problem-solver with smart plans for long-term resiliency, reducing housing insecurity, and promoting safe, livable streets. kgfornyc.com

Grand Street Dems also endorses Dianne Morales to rank #2. Morales promises transformational change in the way we talk about race, housing, equity, and policing — she is running as perhaps the most purely progressive candidate in this race. As our own ranked choice voting process peeled off the outliers, Morales came in a close second to Garcia. dianne.nyc

NYC Public Advocate

Jumaane Williams was elected New York City Public Advocate in a Special Election in 2019 on a platform of truly affordable, income targeted housing, anti-gun violence measures, fair policing, equity, and social justice issues. Williams has restructured the office of Public Advocate to prioritize community engagement, outreach, and service. He has remained an activist for the people, joining protestors on the street in 2020 to keep the peace and fight for justice. jumaanewilliams.com

NYC Comptroller

Brad Lander knows the Comptroller has a critical role to play in helping to rebuild a more equitable economy. The office has the tools and the responsibility to ensure we are holding government accountable to its promises, to public sector retirees and to future generations of New Yorkers. Lander’s track record as housing advocate and co-founder of the City Council’s Progressive Caucus ensures that someone with the right values will help NYC recover from one of its most daunting crises. landerfornyc.com

Manhattan Borough President

Lindsey Boylan is the only urban planner running for a position that is primarily concerned with urban planning — land use, zoning, parks, and community board engagement. As deputy secretary for Economic Development and Housing for the State of New York, Boylan oversaw the state’s chief economic development agency. She is the only candidate showing full support for a review of the City’s plans for East River Park. Her platform prioritizes truly affordable housing, livable safe streets, and economic support for small businesses. lindseyfornewyork.com

Manhattan District Attorney

Alvin Bragg has spent the better part of two decades standing up to the powerful and fighting to defend the rights of those without status or power — the New Yorkers who need justice most. As DA, Alvin will work to end racial disparities, will demand justice for the brave survivors of sexual assault, and will deliver one standard of justice for all. Additionally, he will focus on critical cases such as unlawful gun sales by licensed firearms companies who flout the law, making us safer. alvinbragg.com

City Council District 1

Chris Marte has always shown up for our community in the coops. He joined us to save M14 bus stops on Grand Street, and marched with us against anti-semitism to City Hall. He delivered food to homebound seniors throughout the pandemic, and partnered with local small businesses to fundraise for PPE for home attendants living and working here. Chris will work with us on our neighborhood goals like reducing traffic and providing flood protection with an environmentally sound plan for East River Park. votemarte.com

Civil Court Judge

Edward Irizarry grew up in New York City’s foster care system and learned the meaning of struggle, hard work, and determination. He put himself through New York University, and went on to study at the University of Michigan Law School. He then returned to New York and worked as Assistant District Attorney helping the victims of crime achieve justice. Later in private practice, he defended those who could not afford legal representation, and advocated for the elderly and incapacitated persons. elect-ed2021.com