New York State Nurses Association announces ranked-choice endorsement of Maya Wiley and Eric Adams for Mayor of the City of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2021
Contact: Carl Ginsburg | carl.ginsburg@nysna.org | 917-405-1060

Ranking Maya Wiley #1 and Eric Adams #2

New York - The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) announced today the ranked-choice endorsement of Maya Wiley and Eric Adams for Mayor of the City of New York.

Maya Wiley is the first choice endorsement. Maya Wiley shares NYSNA’s priorities and is committed to taking on the gross inequalities of NYC. She has both a progressive vision and a practical approach to delivering the change the city needs: quality, accessible healthcare for all New Yorkers; COVID recovery with emphasis on communities in greatest need; truly affordable housing; and a budget that centers working people, not Wall Street. Eric Adams is the second choice endorsement. Eric Adams is a lifelong public servant and has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to his community. As Brooklyn Borough President, he has stood with organized labor and has demonstrated a commitment to improving the public’s health. His vision for the city focuses on addressing structural inequalities like closing racial health gaps, supporting green infrastructure, and providing enhanced funding for public housing.

“NYSNA is proud to support these two candidates in the upcoming election for the mayor of NYC. Our first choice, Maya Wiley, has a platform consistent with our values, including unbridled support for public health facilities and safety net hospitals, and ultimately transforming the health care system into one that provides quality health care for all, with appropriate numbers of caregivers. Such changes would end the atrocious health care disparities we see today, made painfully obvious at the height of the COVID Pandemic. Both Maya and Eric Adams, our second choice for mayor in the ranking system, have been outspoken advocates around issues related to the social determinants of health: housing, education, jobs, gun violence, environmental justice and the critical need to invest in our communities and address institutionalized racism and all of the overarching inequities that grow out of the system,” said NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN.

“Throughout the pandemic and long before it, our city’s nurses have been putting themselves on the line to care for our city. At the height of COVID, they were the ones holding up phones for patients so they could say goodbye to their families. They were the ones caring for us when our need was greatest. To be endorsed by the brave, essential workers of the New York State Nurses Association means so much to me,” said mayoral candidate Maya Wiley. “It’s clear the healthcare heroes of our city are ready for transformation, they are ready for justice, and they are more than ready for better wages and protections so they can truly live with dignity in our city. It’s time for our nurses to be supported the way they have supported us for so long, and that’s exactly what I will do as mayor.”

“We can never forget what nurses did for New York during the pandemic—and we must show our appreciation for their daily commitment to keeping us all safe and healthy. I was proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with nurses during the height of COVID-19 to ensure they and the patients they served had the resources necessary to fight the virus, and I am proud today to accept their endorsement for mayor,” said Brooklyn Borough President and mayoral candidate Eric Adams.  

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The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) represents more than 42,000 members in New York State. We are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses. For more information, please visit nysna.org.

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