Candidate Endorsements

Candidate Endorsements

Citizen Action of New York endorses candidates running for public office. We hold a robust process for making endorsement decisions, including requiring candidates to complete a questionnaire and be interviewed by chapter/affiliate leadership. For state and federal level offices, our local chapters and affiliates recommend endorsements to our state board of directors. For local level offices, our local chapters and affiliates make endorsement decisions. If you are interested in receiving our endorsement, please contact your local community organizer.

All voters in New York may request an absentee ballot

Due to the threat of contracting COVID-19, all voters in New York may request an absentee ballot. New York’s local County Boards of Elections are required to provide absentee ballot applications to all registered voters in their districts. If you haven’t received your ballot in the mail, you can submit an online ballot application on your county Board of Elections website.

Tuesday, June 16 is the last day to postmark, email or fax the application to vote in the primary election. Monday, June 22 is the last day to apply in-person for an absentee ballot.

2020

U.S. Congress

10th Congressional District: Jerry Nadler
14th Congressional District: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
15th Congressional District: Samelys Lopez
16th Congressional District: Jamaal Bowman 
25th Congressional District: Robin Wilt 

State Senate Democratic Primary

Senate District 25: Jason Salmon
Senate District 49: Thearse McCalmon 
Senate District 55: Samra Brouk 
Senate District 56: Jeremy Cooney
Senate District 61: Kim Smith  

State Assembly Democratic Primary

Assembly District 31: Khaleel Anderson 
Assembly District 43: Diana Richardson  
Assembly District 65: Yuh-line Niou 
Assembly District 67: Linda Rosenthal  
Assembly District 74: Harvey Epstein  
Assembly District 75: Richard Gottfried 
Assembly District 79: Chantel Jackson
Assembly District 84: Amanda Septimo  
Assembly District 87: Karines Reyes 
Assembly District 108: Sam Fein 
Assembly District 135: Jen Lunsford
Assembly District 136: Sarah Clark
Assembly District 137: Demond Meeks  
Assembly District 138: Harry Bronson
Assembly District 149: Adam Bojak

Albany County

Albany County District Attorney: Matt Toporowski

2019

albany county

County Legislature District 1: Lucille McKnight
County Legislature District 4: Norma Chapman
County Legislature District 6: Samuel Fein
County Legislature District 7: Douglas Bullock
County Legislature District 8: Lynne Lekakis
County Legislature District 14: Alison McLean Lane
County Legislature District 24: Nathan Bruschi
County Legislature District 32: Paul Miller
County Legislature District 36: Matt Miller
County Legislature District 37: Richard Touchette

Coeymans Town Board: Tom Dolan

CITY OF BINGHAMTON

Council District 3: Angela Riley
Council District 4: Aviva Friedman
Council District 7: Salka Valerio

VILLAGE OF ENDICOTT

Mayor: Larry Coppola

VILLAGE OF JOHNSON CITY

Village Justice: Janet Kent

BROOME COUNTY

Broome County District Attorney: Debra Gelson

TOWN OF VESTAL

Town Justice: Peter A. Orville

City of Buffalo

Buffalo City School Board: Terrance Heard (At-Large), Desmond Nalls (At-Large), Larry Scott (At-Large), Sharon Belton-Cottman (Ferry District), Dr. Paulette Woods (Central District)

Common Council: Pharaoh Paige (Fillmore District), Veronica Golden (Masten District)

Comptroller: Barbara Miller-Williams

 

erie county

County Legislature District 1: Katrinna Martin

County Legislature District 2: Duncan Kirkwood

County Legislature District 3: Cindi McEachon

City of Kingston

Mayor: Steve Noble

Common Council: Andrea Shaut (Alderwoman-at-Large), Jeffrey Ventura Morell (Ward 1), Reynolds Scott-Childress (Ward 3), Rita Worthington (Ward 4), Michele Hirsch (Ward 9)

Monroe County 

Monroe County District Attorney: Shani Curry Mitchell 

City of rochester 

Board of Education: Ricardo Adams, Anthony Hall, Beatriz LeBron

Rochester City Court Judge: Nicole Morris 

ulster county 

Ulster County Executive: Pat Ryan

Ulster County Court Judge: Bryan Rounds

Ulster County District Attorney: David Clegg 

Ulster County Comptroller: March Gallagher

County Legislature District 1: Aaron Levine
County Legislature District 2: John Schoonmaker
County Legislature District 5: Abe Uchitelle
County Legislature District 7: Peter Criswell
County Legislature District 8: Laura Petit
County Legislature District 14: Adriana Magaña
County Legislature District 16: Tracey Bartels
County Legislature District 18: Carolyn Hansen
County Legislature District 19: Manna Jo Greene
County Legislature District 20: Eve Walter
County Legislature District 21: Lynn Archer
County Legislature District 22: Kathy Nolan
County Legislature District 22: Kathleen Nolan

City of utica

Common Council Ward 1: Cam Tien
Common Council Ward 3: Celeste Friend
Common Council Ward 5: Delvin Moody

School Board: James Paul 


 

NYC DEmocratic Primary

Queens County District Attorney: Tiffany Cabán

Ulster County Democratic Primary 

Ulster County Executive: Patricia Courtney Strong 

City of Schenectady Democratic Primary 

Mayor: Thearse McCalmon

 

2018

U.S. Congress

  • 5th Congressional District: José E. Serrano
  • 7th Congressional District: Nydia Velázquez
  • 8th Congressional District: Hakeem Jeffries
  • 10th Congressional District: Jerry Nadler
  • 11th Congressional District: Max Rose
  • 14th Congressional District: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  • 19th Congressional District: Antonio Delgado
  • 22nd Congressional District: Anthony Brindisi

State Attorney General

  • Letitia James

State Comptroller

  • Tom DiNapoli

State Senate

  • 13th State Senate District: Jessica Ramos
  • 18th State Senate District: Julia Salazar
  • 20th State Senate District: Zellnor Myrie
  • 22nd State Senate District: Andrew Gounardes
  • 31st State Senate District: Robert Jackson
  • 34th State Senate District: Alessandra Biaggi
  • 37th State Senate District: Shelley B. Mayer
  • 39th State Senate District: James Skoufis
  • 41st State Senate District: Karen Smythe
  • 42nd State Senate District: Jen Metzger
  • 46th State Senate District: Pat Courtney Strong
  • 53rd State Senate District: Rachel May

State Assembly

  • 39th State Assembly District: Catalina Cruz
  • 74th State Assembly District: Harvey Epstein
  • 84th State Assembly District: Amanda Septimo
  • 103rd State Assembly District: Kevin Cahill
  • 107th State Assembly District: Tistrya Houghtling

State Primary

  • Governor: Cynthia Nixon
  • Lt. Governor: Jumaane Williams
  • New York State Comptroller: Tom DiNapoli
  • 13th State Senate District: Jessica Ramos
  • 17th State Senate District: Blake Morris
  • 18th State Senate District: Julia Salazar
  • 20th State Senate District: Zellnor Myrie
  • 23rd State Senate District: Jasmine Robinson
  • 31st State Senate District: Robert Jackson
  • 34th State Senate District: Alessandra Biaggi
  • 39th State Senate District: James Skoufis
  • 41st State Senate District: Karen Smythe
  • 42nd State Senate District: Jen Metzger
  • 46th State Senate District: Pat Strong
  • 53rd State Senate District: Rachel May
  • 39th State Assembly District: Catalina Cruz
  • 74th State Assembly District: Harvey Epstein
  • 84th State Assembly District: Amanda Septimo
  • 103rd State Assembly District: Kevin Cahill
  • 107th State Assembly District: Tistrya Houghtling

Ulster County Democratic Primary

  • Sheriff: Juan Figueroa

Westchester County Democratic Primary

  • Mayor of Ossining: Omar Herrera

Congressional Primary

  • 19th Congressional District: Antonio Delgado
  • City of Albany Board of Education: Damarise Alexander-Mann, Ellen Roach, Tabetha Wilson

City of Utica

  • Board of Education: James W. Paul

2017

Erie County

Comptroller: Vanessa Glushefski

City of Binghamton

Mayor: Tarik Abdelizem

Village of Johnson City

Village Trustee: Rob Egan

Broome County

County Clerk: Dan Livingston

Town of Vestal

Town Court Judge: Michael Sherwood

City of Albany

Mayor: Kathy Sheehan
Common Council President: Corey Ellis
2nd Common Council Ward: Marc Johnson
11th Common Council Ward: Alfredo Balarin

City of Schenectady

Schenectady City Council: Damonni Farley

Rensselaer County

Rensselaer County Executive: Andrea Smyth

City of Kingston

1st Common Council Ward: Jeffrey Ventura Morrell
3rd Common Council Ward: Rennie Scott-Childress
7th Common Council Ward: Bryant “Drew” Andrews
9th Common Council Ward: Andrea Shaut

Ulster County

5th Legislative District: Lynn Eckert
7th Legislative District: Jennifer Schwartz Berky

New York City

Mayor: Bill de Blasio
Public Advocate: Tish James
Comptroller: Scott Stringer
Manhattan Borough President: Gale Brewer
Staten Island Borough President: Tom Shcherbenko
Council District 1: Christopher Marte
Council District 2: Carlina Rivera
Council District 3: Corey Johnson
Council District 5: Ben Kallos
Council District 8: Diana Ayala
Council District 14: Randy Abreu
Council District 22: Costa Constantinides
Council District 26: Jimmy Van Bramer
Council District 34: Antonio Reynoso
Council District 40: Brian Cunningham
Council District 43: Justin Brannan


City of Albany Democratic Primary

Mayor: Kathy Sheehan
Common Council President: Corey Ellis
10th Common Council Ward: Leah Golby
11th Common Council Ward: Alfredo Balarin

Ulster County Democratic Primary

5th Legislative District: Lynn Eckert

New York City Democratic Primary

Mayor: Bill de Blasio
1st City Council District: Christopher Marte
2nd City Council District: Carlina Rivera
3rd City Council District: Corey Johnson
5th City Council District: Ben Kallos
8th City Council District: Diana Ayala
14th City Council District: Randy Abreu
18th City Council District: Amanda Farias
22nd City Council District: Costa Constantinidies
26th City Council District: Jimmy Van Bramer
34th City Council District: Antonio Reynoso
35th City Council District: Ede Fox
39th City Council District: Brad Lander
43rd City Council District: Justin Brannan

2016

President

Hillary Clinton on the Working Families Party ballot line

Congress

10th Congressional District: Jerry Nadler
19th Congrssional District: Zephyr Teachout

State Senate

5th State Senate District: Jim Gaughran
6th State Senate District: Ryan Cronin
7th State Senate District: Adam Haber
9th State Senate District: Todd Kaminsky
10th State Senate District: James Sanders, Jr.
27th State Senate District: Brad Hoylman
28th State Senate District: Liz Krueger
30th State Senate District: Bill Perkins
33rd State Senate District: Gustavo Rivera
41st State Senate District: Terry Gipson
43rd State Senate District: Shaun Francis
46th State Senate District: Sara Niccoli
49th State Senate District: Chad Putman
60th State Senate District: Amber Small

State Assembly

25th Assembly District: Nily Rozic
33rd Assembly District: Nantasha Williams
43rd Assembly District: Diana Richardson
56th Assembly District: Tremaine Wright
65th Assembly District: Paul Newell
67th Assembly District: Linda Rosenthal
69th Assembly District: Danny O’Donnell
74th Assembly District: Brian Kavanagh
75th Assembly District: Dick Gottfried


Presidential Primary

Bernie Sanders

Congressional Primary

10th Congressional District: Jerry Nadler
19th Congrssional District: Zephyr Teachout
24th Congressional District: Eric Kingson

State Primary

9th State Senate District: Todd Kaminsky
10th State Senate District: James Sanders, Jr.
27th State Senate District: Brad Hoylman
28th State Senate District: Liz Krueger
30th State Senate District: Bill Perkins
33rd State Senate District: Gustavo Rivera

25th Assembly District: Nily Rozic
33rd Assembly District: Nantasha Williams
43rd Assembly District: Diana Richardson
56th Assembly District: Tremaine Wright
65th Assembly District: Paul Newell
67th Assembly District: Linda Rosenthal
69th Assembly District: Danny O’Donnell
74th Assembly District: Brian Kavanagh
75th Assembly District: Dick Gottfried

Progressive Power Coalition

Citizen Action of New York is part of the Progressive Power Coalition, along with Community Voices Heard Power, New York Communities for Change, Make the Road Action, and VOCAL-NY Action Fund. The Progressive Power Coalition endorsed these 16 candidates:

10th State Senate District: James Sanders, Jr.
13th State Senate District: José Peralta
26th State Senate District: Daniel Squadron
27th State Senate District: Brad Hoylman
28th State Senate District: Liz Krueger
33rd State Senate District: Gustavo Rivera

25th Assembly District: Nily Rozic
39th Assembly District: Francisco Moya
42nd Assembly District: Rodneyse Bichotte
43rd Assembly District: Diana Richardson
53rd Assembly District: Maritza Dávila
55th Assembly District: Latrice Walker
57th Assembly District: Walter Mosley
67th Assembly District: Linda Rosenthal
74th Assembly District: Brian Kavanagh
75th Assembly District: Dick Gottfried

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