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THE BRONX – Earlier today, NY Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernández, candidate for Bronx Borough President, and Maya Wiley, candidate for New York City Mayor, delivered cross endorsements on the steps of Borough Hall.
Assemblywoman Fernández credited Maya Wiley for her life’s work fighting for people who didn’t get what they deserve, combating racism, and fearless confrontation of inequality as the deciding factors in her making her mayoral endorsement.
“The Bronx needs a partner, someone who will make the borough a priority. Someone who understands our hardships and has a plan to ease our everyday struggles, who knows that to fully recover from the pandemic, we need to work together to make tough decisions. Maya Wiley is that person,” said Assemblywoman Fernández. “Maya gets it. Like me, she knows Bronxites have been hit hard this past year and are struggling to find work, pay rent and escape an uptick in gun violence. It is time for strong female leadership that can bring us into the next chapter of history. Maya has the bold, innovative ideas we need to prosper. Together, I believe Maya and I will get it done.
The cross-endorsement comes after Maya Wiley joined Assemblywoman Fernández for a walk-through of the Arthur Avenue business corridor.
Maya Wiley noted to the crowd Assemblywoman Fernandez’s fierce progressive values and leadership on environmental justice, public health, and safety and her plan to bring economic stability to the borough.
“I am so honored to have Assembly Member Nathalia Fernandez’s support and I am excited to endorse her for Bronx Borough President. In the State Assembly, Nathalia has fought against environmental racism, prioritized gun violence prevention and held police accountable through the Andrew Kearse Act. Nathalia and I share a commitment to social justice – to uplifting Black and brown communities that are so often overlooked – and I look forward to partnering with her to build an equitable recovery for all Bronxites,” said Maya Wiley.
Both campaigns have the potential for historical outcomes. If elected Bronx borough president, Assemblywoman Fernandez would be the first woman to be elected to the position and the first Latina elected to borough-wide office in New York City history. If elected New York City mayor, Maya Wiley would be the first woman to serve.