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Tish James is UFT choice for attorney general

Tish James greets James Council Miller Photography

Political endorsements

Statewide offices

Attorney General

  • Letitia James

State Comptroller

  • Thomas DiNapoli

U.S. Senate:

  • Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. House of Representatives

Borough Congressional or CountyDistrictCandidate

Queens/Long Island 3 Thomas Suozzi
Long Island 4 Kathleen Rice
Queens 5 Gregory Meeks
Queens 6 Grace Meng
Brooklyn/Queens 7 Nydia Velazquez
Brooklyn 8 Hakeem Jeffries
Brooklyn 9 Yvette Clarke
Manhattan 10 Jerrold Nadler
Manhattan 12 Carolyn Maloney
Manhattan 13 Adriano Espaillat
Queens/Bronx 14 Alexandria OcasioCortez
Bronx 15 José Serrano
Bronx/Westchester  16 Eliot Engel
Rockland/W’chester 17 Nita Lowey
Orange/Putnam/Dutchess/W’chester 18 Sean Patrick Maloney

New York State Senate 

Senate District Candidate 

10 James Sanders Jr.
12 Michael Gianaris
13 José Peralta
14 Leroy Comrie 
15 Joseph Addabbo
16 Toby Ann Stavisky
17 Blake Morris
18 Martin Malave Dilan
19 Roxanne Persaud
20 Zellnor Myrie
22 Andrew Gounardes
25 Velmanette Montgomery
26 Brian Kavanagh
27 Brad Hoylman
28 Liz Krueger
29 José Serrano
30 Brian Benjamin
31 Marisol Alcantara
32 Louis Sepulveda
33 Gustavo Rivera
35 Andrea StewartCousins

New York State Assembly

Assembly District Candidate 

23 Stacey Pheffer Amato
24 David Weprin
25 Nily Rozic
26 Edward Braunstein
27 David Rosenthal
28 Andrew Hevesi
29 Alicia Hyndman
30 Brian Barnwell
31 Michele Titus
32 Vivian Cook
33 Clyde Vanel
34 Michael DenDekker
35 Jeffrion Aubry
36 Aravella Simotas
37 Catherine Nolan
38 Michael Miller
39 Aridia Espinal
40 Ronald Kim
41 Helene Weinstein
42 Rodneyse Bichotte
43 Karim Camara
44 Robert Carroll
45 Steven Cymbrowitz
46 Ethan LustigElgrably
47 William Colton
48 Simcha Eichenstein
49 Peter Abbate Jr.
50 Joseph Lentol
51 Felix Ortiz
52 Jo Anne Simon
53 Maritza Davila
54 Erik Martin Dilan
55 Latrice Monique Walker
56 Tremaine Wright
57 Walter Mosley
58 N. Nick Perry
59 Jamie Williams
60 Charles Barron
61 Charles Fall
62 Michael Reilly
65 YuhLine Niou
66 Deborah Glick
67 Linda Rosenthal
68 Robert Rodriguez
69 Daniel O’Donnell
70 Inez Dickens
71 Al Taylor
72 Carmen De La Rosa
73 Dan Quart
74 Harvey Epstein
75 Richard Gottfried
76 Rebecca Seawright
77 Latoya Joyner
78 José Rivera
79 Michael Blake
80 Nathalia Fernandez
81 Jeffrey Dinowitz
82 Michael Benedetto
83 Carl Heastie

The UFT, through its state affiliate NYSUT, has endorsed Public Advocate Letitia “Tish” James for state attorney general in New York’s Democratic Primary election on Thursday, Sept. 13.

“She has been a steadfast ally during her time in the City Council and as public advocate,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew. “She has shown herself to be an independent, strong advocate for public schools and the working people of New York City. That’s exactly what we need.”

The primary election is being held on a Thursday this year because the second Tuesday of September is Sept. 11.

James is running to succeed incumbent Barbara Underwood, who was chosen by the state Legislature to finish the term of Eric Schneiderman, the former attorney general who resigned in May in the wake of sexual assault allegations.

UFT Political Director Paul Egan pointed to James’ staunch support for free lunch for all New York City public school students, a key UFT priority, as well as her long and productive relationship with the union. “We’ve done good things with her, and we hope to continue that relationship with her in the attorney general’s office,” Egan said.

The UFT has also endorsed incumbent Thomas DiNapoli for state comptroller, as well as numerous candidates for federal and state legislative offices [see chart].

In a competitive primary race in New York Assembly District 39, which covers parts of Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights in Queens, the union is supporting incumbent Aridia Espinal. Espinal worked in the office of former state Assemblyman Francisco Moya and was elected to succeed him in a special election in April after Moya was elected to the New York City Council.

Egan said Espinal was “a great friend” during her time in Moya’s office and, after succeeding him, she was “particularly helpful” in the UFT’s fight for legislation to sever the mandatory link between students’ state test scores and teacher evaluations. That state bill, which did not pass in the State Senate, was a critical factor in endorsements this year.

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