Bronx, NY – Today, New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera issued a first-of-its kind endorsement under New York City’s new ranked choice voting system, announcing he’s ranking top progressive mayoral candidates Scott Stringer and Dianne Morales first and second on his ballot in the June 2021 mayoral primary. Rivera touted his long working relationship with Comptroller Stringer and his respect for Ms. Morales’ progressive vision in announcing his decision. On the heels of National Ranked Choice Voting Day, Rivera, Stringer, and Morales joined together in the first ranked choice endorsement of the mayoral election to educate voters about the new process designed to expand representation and participation in New York’s democracy.
Senator Rivera said: “I feel profoundly honored to announce the first ranked endorsement in the New York City Mayoral race as a way to help educate and empower my constituents and fellow New Yorkers to fully participate in the new ranked choice voting system. I’m endorsing Comptroller Scott Stringer as my first choice because he is a steadfast partner in government with a deep understanding of the challenges our City faces and a robust plan to fight for what New Yorkers deserve as he has throughout his public service career. I’m endorsing Dianne Morales as my second choice because of her bold vision to break down barriers for New Yorkers and her years of leadership in the non-profit sector. Each candidate has different strengths and both offer our City the bold and effective leadership that we need in this moment.”
Comptroller Stringer said: “Senator Rivera has been a tremendous partner on progressive causes, and I’m proud to have earned his support. He is an outspoken leader in the legislature, who fights tirelessly for the health, rights, and dignity of residents in the Bronx and beyond. He has spent his career as a progressive champion advocating for small businesses, immigrants, and disenfranchised communities to get a fair shot. I’m thrilled to have his endorsement, and to partner with him and Ms. Morales to spread awareness about ranked choice voting in 2021, so New Yorkers are informed and that we all do our part to support our democracy.”
Ms. Morales said: “I’m in this race fighting for a vision of equity and justice that centers the communities I’ve been serving for 25 years. Out of the many mayoral candidates, I’m delighted that both Sen. Rivera and I see a clear need for equity-centered policy coming out of City Hall, and proud to have his endorsement. With ranked-choice voting, New York City voters finally have the opportunity to vote for multiple candidates who align with their values. What’s needed now more than ever is a culturally relevant awareness campaign to ensure every voter’s voice is heard and counted—and Sen. Rivera is making a bold statement today towards that end. I proudly join him and Mr. Stringer in educating our neighbors and families.”
Comptroller Stringer’s campaign has been endorsed by several prominent leaders who represent the vanguard of New York City’s progressive movement, including:
Scott Stringer grew up in Washington Heights in the 1970s. He attended P.S. 152 on Nagle Avenue and I.S. 52 on Academy Street. He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Marble Hill and John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, a CUNY school.
Stringer was elected City Comptroller in 2013. Prior to serving as Comptroller, he was Manhattan Borough President from 2006 to 2013 and represented the Upper West Side in the New York State Assembly from 1993 to 2005. He and his wife, Elyse Buxbaum, live in Manhattan with their two children, Max and Miles.