2021 New York City Election Endorsements

Updated June 10, 2021 5:05pm

City Wide Races

This year, New Yorkers will elect the next City Council, Mayor, and Borough Presidents. These local elected officials will be in charge of New York City’s economic recovery from COVID-19. Many of these races are extremely competitive and it is critical that we elect those individuals who will protect workers and prioritize fixing the problems faced by everyday New Yorkers in the months and years ahead.

Eric Adams (NYC Mayor)

Eric Adams is the current Brooklyn Borough President. Adams is a lifelong New Yorker, who was raised in South Jamaica, Queens by a single mother. At age 15, Adams was brutally beaten by police. The incident inspired him to join the NYPD and attempt to reform the department from within. As an NYPD officer, Eric co-founded the non-profit advocacy group 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, which focuses on racial profiling, police brutality, and reform. After retiring from the NYPD at the rank of Captain after 22 years, Adams was elected as a State Senator in 2006 and then as Brooklyn Borough President in 2013.

Corey Johnson (Comptroller)

Corey Johnson is a loyal friend of our Union, representing City Council District 3 (which includes the neighborhoods of Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Greenwich Village, and Times Square) since 2013. Throughout his time in the City Council, he has consistently supported legislation that protects hospitality workers and their jobs. In 2017, Johnson became the Council Speaker. As Speaker, Johnson played a key role in passing legislation to regulate illegal hotels in New York City and most recently, backed a plan to pause the hotel occupancy tax this summer.

Donovan Richards (Queens Borough President)

Donovan Richards is the current Queens Borough President. Donovan served as a City Council member for the 31st District from 2013 until 2020, when he ran for Queens Borough President. He won and assumed office in the midst of the pandemic. During his short tenure, Richards has led Queens towards recovery, turning Citi Field into a mass vaccination site and fighting to expand hospital beds for Queens residents.

Mark Levine (Manhattan Borough President)

Our Union is proud to back Mark Levine for Manhattan Borough
President. Mark is currently a second term City Council member for District 7 and has been a champion for working people. He sponsored legislation that provides free lawyers to low-income residents in Housing Court and has protected hundreds of affordable housing units in his district. He also pushed for legislation creating the first city office to deal with hate crimes. As Chair of the Parks Committee in his first term, Mark provided funding for green spaces in low-income neighborhoods.

Antonio Reynoso (Brooklyn Borough President)

Born and raised in Williamsburg, Antonio is currently serving his second term as City Council member for the 34th District. During his time on the City Council, he fought for working people. As Chair of the Council’s Sanitation Committee, Antonio passed the Waste Equity bill to limit how much trash overburdened neighborhoods would handle. Antonio has also worked to pass legislation requiring police officers to let people know that they have the right to refuse a search if they are stopped. Antonio was a primary sponsor of the Stand for Tenant Safety Act, which strengthened the rules about apartment repairs and protects tenants from harassment.

Dweynie Esther Paul (Kings County Surrogate Court Judge)

Judge Dweynie Esther Paul is a current Kings County Civil Court Judge. She has served on the court with distinction since 2016, focusing on family law and improving Family Court across New York. She has gotten involved in her community as the Director of Community Service for the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, as a member of Community Board 3, and an organizer of Domestic Violence workshops.

City Council Races

Our Union has endorsed 44 city council candidates in the June 2021 primary. All of these candidates have a track record of advocating for working people and have committed to fight for the rights of workers and unions if elected. Use our interactive map to check out who we’ve endorsed in your district, and why.