Ocasio-Cortez endorses progressive Maya Wiley for New York City mayor By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Maya Wiley, Democratic candidate for New York City Mayor, campaigns in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., June 2, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

(In third paragraph, corrects variety of Democratic mayoral candidates)

(Reuters) -Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday endorsed Maya Wiley for New York City mayor, boosting Wiley’s probabilities to ascertain herself because the main progressive within the crowded race.

Speaking at an occasion outdoors City Hall in Manhattan, progressive firebrand Ocasio-Cortez known as on voters to “come together as a movement” to keep away from town’s being run “for billionaires and special interests.”

More than a dozen Democratic candidates are vying to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio on the helm of essentially the most populous U.S. metropolis. The packed race has thus far been dominated by former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who was the principle goal of criticism at a televised debate earlier this week.

Wiley, a civil rights lawyer and former MSNBC analyst, is hoping her proposal on job creation, give attention to New Yorkers in want and plan to rework policing will resonate with voters within the June 22 main election.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, one other main contender and a reasonable Democrat, slammed Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement of Wiley.

“They are putting slogans and politics in front of public safety and would endanger the lives of New Yorkers,” Adams, a former police officer, mentioned in an announcement.

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