Progressive Caucus Alliance Announces Endorsement Of Jumaane Williams For Lieutenant Governor And IDC Challengers

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Zara Nasir, 734-512-3973,

New York, NY – Today, the Progressive Caucus Alliance, the political arm of the New York City Council’s Progressive Caucus, endorsed Jumaane Williams for Lieutenant Governor, and Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) challengers Alessandra Biaggi, Robert Jackson, Zellnor Myrie, Jessica Ramos, and John Liu in for New York State Senate in key races across the city.

The Progressive Caucus Alliance formed in 2013 with the goal of endorsing progressive, true-blue democrats who will fight for a more just and equal New York City.

“For seven long years members the Independent Democratic Caucus prevented New York State from reaching its potential as the country’s progressive capital,” said Council Member Ben Kallos, Member of the Progressive Caucus Alliance. “The time for a change and the time for reliable progressives that represent New Yorkers instead of corporate interest has come. The candidates being endorsed by the Progressive Caucus Alliance are exactly who New York needs right now. Public servants dedicated to achieving real progressive goals and who are not ashamed to fight for liberal ideals in our state government.”

“New Yorkers have for too long suffered the consequences of the IDC, which ensured that critical priorities like reproductive health, campaign finance reform, and even reauthorizing speed cameras to protect our kids were blocked by the New York State Senate,” said Council Member Brad Lander, Member of the Progressive Caucus Alliance. “I’m proud to endorse these true-blue Democrats who will bring the change we need to see in Albany and in communities across the city. I’m also thrilled to endorse my friend and colleague Jumaane Williams for Lieutenant Governor. Jumaane is the strongest, clearest, and most fearless voice for justice that I know in elected office and will fight for every New Yorker as Lieutenant Governor. I look forward to working closely with all of these candidates to help strengthen grassroots democracy across our city.”

“I am proud to join the NYC Progressive Caucus in endorsing Jessica Ramos, Zellnor Myrie, Robert Jackson, Alessandra Biaggi, and John Liu for New York State Senate, and Jumaane Williams for New York State Lieutenant Governor,” said Council Member Antonio Reynoso, Member of the Progressive Caucus Alliance. “New Yorkers are fed up with the status quo of inaction in Albany. It is time that New York state residents have representatives who are responsive to their concerns and needs, and not to political motivations and special interests.  I look forward to the bold and progressive leadership that all of these candidates will bring to Albany.”

"True progressives understand that the goal of government is to give voice to the voiceless, not to themselves or special interests," said Council Member Carlos Menchaca, Member of the Progressive Caucus Alliance. "From its inception, the Independent Democratic Caucus has argued that by giving Republicans power in the state Senate, they could pass progressive legislation. But that was a delusion. What the IDC accomplished was more power for themselves and their allies, while working class New Yorkers, particularly immigrants, have languished as political expediency took the place of political courage. It's past time we have leaders in Albany who want to build a New York for the many, and I am proud to join my colleagues in the Progressive Caucus in endorsing the candidates here today."

"Today, I am so proud to accept the endorsement of a group that is the exact opposite of the IDC,” said Zellnor Myrie, Candidate for New York State Senate, District 20. “While my opponent turned his back on progressives to side with Republicans, the Progressive Caucus came together to work for common progressive values. This Caucus stands for everything I am fighting for: affordable housing, immigrant justice, and fully funding our public education system. But, I know from my work in City Council that the final victory for all of those fights does not end at city hall but in Albany. Together, we can make the IDC history and finally deliver the progressive promises this city, and this state, so desperately need." 

“The Progressive Caucus Alliance is a coalition of the strongest advocates for working families in the City Council, and I’m honored to receive their endorsement,” said Jessica Ramos, Candidate for New York State Senate, District 13. “With a bigot in the White House, we need unapologetically progressive leaders on the state and city level to fight for fair wages, affordable housing, fully funded public schools and a subway system that works. For years, Jose Peralta instead empowered Republicans in the State Senate and helped block progressive legislation like the DREAM Act and real rent reform. I'm going to Albany to fix our subways, protect affordable housing, and fully fund our public schools—and I look forward to partnering with the Progressive Caucus Alliance to deliver for working families across New York.”

“I'm extremely proud to get the endorsement of the City Council Progressive Caucus Alliance,” said Alessandra Biaggi, Candidate for New York State Senate, District 34. “They have created an excellent example of what progressive legislators can accomplish. It’s an example I plan to follow in the State Senate on key issues ranging from reproductive health to stronger rent protection laws."

"This is a time of reckoning for any elected officials who do not faithfully advance the progressive ideals that lift up all New Yorkers," said Council Member Stephen Levin, Member of the Progressive Caucus Alliance. "Now is the time for taking back our government and make up for the shameful legacy of the IDC. We are here today to endorse candidates who put people first. These are individuals who won't back down when pushed by special interests and will resist the politics as usual status quo. While we cannot rewrite the past, we can push even harder for the future New Yorkers deserve."

"Thank you Progressive Caucus Alliance for your support and the work you do every day to fight for tenants, improve public education and make our city more just and fair and our future brighter,” said Robert Jackson, Candidate for New York State Senate, District 31. “Unfortunately at a time it is most important, a group of rogue Democrats like my opponent have empowered the Republicans to block progressive state legislation that would protect New Yorkers from Trump policies. Together we can elect a real progressive Democratic State Senate that puts the people’s interests first and promotes affordability, equality and justice. I’m excited to have the Progressive Caucus Alliance as part of our team to make that progressive vision happen."

"I'm honored to be endorsed by the City Council Members in the Progressive Caucus Alliance,” said John Liu, Candidate for New York State Senate, District 11. “This Caucus is comprised of my sisters and brothers who work tirelessly to push forward fair and just policies, which I will continue to fight for in the State Senate."

“I wish I could be there to personally thank the New York City Council's Progressive Caucus Alliance for this exciting endorsement, but today I am on trial for being arrested while protesting the illegal deportation of immigrants rights activist Ravi Ragbir," said Council Member Jumaane Williams, Candidate for New York State Lieutenant Governor, Member of the Progressive Caucus Alliance. "Immigrant communities across the state continue to be threatened by Trump's divisive policies, and as the son of immigrants, I believe Albany must do more to protect these vulnerable individuals. I am so honored to have the support of my colleagues in my campaign for Lieutenant Governor, and look forward to continuing our work to ensure all New Yorkers-- regardless of immigration status-- have the rights and protections they deserve."

Progressive Caucus Alliance members include Council Members Diana Ayala, Justin Brannan, Ben Kallos, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Mark Levine, Carlos Menchaca, Keith Powers, Carlina Rivera, Antonio Reynoso, Ritchie Torres, Jimmy Van Bramer and Jumaane Williams. An endorsement by the Alliance does not imply individual Council Member endorsements.

Alessandra Biaggi