NYWFP Leaders Announce Four Endorsements in NYC City Council Races

The New York City Advisory Council of the Working Families Party has voted to endorse four candidates in the party’s first round of city council endorsements: Carlina Rivera (District 2), Marjorie Velazquez (District 13), Diana Ayala (District 8), and Alicka Ampry-Samuel (District 41). The four are all progressive women of color running for open seats in contested Council races this fall.

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The progressive party is backing Carlina Rivera for the seat in Manhattan currently held by Rose Mendez; Marjorie Velazquez for a seat in the Bronx currently held by James Vacca; Diana Ayala for the upper Manhattan and Bronx district represented by Council Speaker Melissa-Mark-Viverito and Alicka Ampry-Samuel for Darlene Mealy’s seat in Brooklyn. The members representing those districts now are term-limited and cannot run again.

“The Working Families Party is thrilled to support these four progressive leaders in their races for City Council,” Juan Antigua, the city political director for the WFP, said in a statement. “At a time when the Trump regime is directly targeting the rights and lives of New York’s working families — singling out communities of color, immigrants, and women in particular — these four women epitomize the values that New Yorkers hold dear.”

The labor-backed third party noted all of the pols they’re endorsing are “progressive women of color.”

There are only 13 women in the 51-member council — and there’s been concern the numbers could drop as term limits prohibit several of those women from running again.