NOW-NYC Candidates Win Big on Election Day
2017 NYC Election Results
This year was a truly historic election day. One year ago, Donald Trump was elected into office. What felt like one of the biggest losses we’ve experienced, however, has turned into a resistance movement that’s spearheaded by activists like you. This week, NOW-NYC endorsed candidates won decisive victories across the city. These candidates champion core issues such as reproductive rights, fighting income inequality, and ending violence and discrimination against women and girls.
“NOW-NY stands by these candidates for New York citywide office who championed healthcare access, workplace rights, and economic equality and exemplified progressive values,” said Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women – New York. “This is how we fight back locally—New Yorkers must make change at the ballot box, holding our elected officials accountable, while bolstering and empowering true leaders to continue to lead.”
New York was not the only successes story for progressive pro-woman candidates this election day. From Democratic victories in Virginia, to the election of the first openly trans women to public office, to women of color winning historic races, we have shown that we can and will persist.
2017 NOW Endorsed Candidates
New York City Public Advocate: Letitia James – WON
As a lawyer, legislator, and tenacious community activist and women’s rights advocate, Tish James’ exceptional track record makes her the best person for this job hands down. She has spearheaded reforms for women in the workplace, including unpaid child care, paid family leave, and fair compensation, and she has spoken out to protect the rights of New York’s most marginalized communities. Public Advocate James never fails to speak truth to power, and we know she will continue to be an exemplary leader for resistance and change and a strong role model for women and girls across New York City.
Brooklyn District Attorney: Eric Gonzalez – WON
As Acting Brooklyn District Attorney, Eric Gonzalez is working to create a criminal justice system that produces less incarceration of nonviolent offenders and more prosecutions of predators who commit violent crimes against women, girls, and vulnerable people. He is leading his office in a progressive direction, and our endorsement is a vote of confidence that he will continue to do so.
Press Release: Gloria Steinem and NOW NY Join to Endorse Eric Gonzalez
District 1: Margaret Chin – WON
Manhattan: Battery Park City, Chinatown, Financial District, Lower East Side, NoHo, SoHo, South Street Seaport, South Village, TriBeCa, Washington Square
Margaret Chin has never wavered in her stances on critical issues like access to reproductive healthcare, paid sick leave, and equal pay. She has made tremendous progress towards addressing domestic violence in her community, and her vigorous advocacy work on behalf of child care workers has had an enduring impact on the lives of New York City women.
District 2: Carlina Rivera -WON
Manhattan: Lower East Side, East Village, Gramercy Park, Rosehill, Kips Bay, Southern Murray Hill
Carlina Rivera’s proven integrity and deep respect for women’s rights make her the best choice for voters in District 2. From preventing sexual harassment and violence against women to promoting reproductive rights and sex education in our schools, she will be a strong advocate for women’s rights in the City Council.
District 3: Corey Johnson – WON
Manhattan: Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Greenwich Village, West SoHo, Hudson Square, Times Square, Garment District, Flatiron, Upper West Side
Corey Johnson has been a leading ally for women in the City Council, supporting legislation that demands stronger transparency laws for clinics that mislead women trying to access reproductive health services; making it easier for transgender individuals to change their gender on official documents; and challenging domestic violence.
District 5: Ben Kallos – WON
Manhattan: Upper East Side’s Yorkville, Lenox Hill, Carnegie Hill, Roosevelt Island, Midtown East, Sutton Place, El Barrio
Ben Kallos has been a strong leader for women – from funding sexual health programs to encouraging the establishment of safe spaces for LGBTQ students in schools. Councilmember Kallos is a valued member of the Committee on Women’s Issues where he puts the priorities of women and girls at the top of the agenda.
District 6: Helen Rosenthal – WON
Manhattan: Upper West Side, Central Park, Lincoln Square, Clinton
Helen Rosenthal has always spoken out on the issues important to women across New York. Whether it’s increasing access to reproductive and family planning services for women, helping single mothers find jobs, or pushing to expand mentoring services that re-integrate recently incarcerated women into society, Helen has worked tirelessly to improve life for women and families throughout New York.
District 7: Mark Levine – WON
Manhattan: Manhattan Valley, Manhattanville, Morningside Heights, Hamilton Heights
As a steadfast supporter of a women’s equality agenda, Mark Levine has a proven track record on obtaining economic justice for women. As a Councilmember who has sponsored legislation to end the gender wage gap and increase programmatic support of minority and women owned businesses, it’s clear he will continue to be a champion for NYC women and families.
District 8: Diana Ayala – WON
Manhattan/Bronx: El Barrio/East Harlem, Mott Haven, Highbridge, Concourse, Longwood, Port Morris
Diana Ayala fought for the communities of East Harlem and the South Bronx for over 20 years. Her experience as a struggling single mother and her in-depth knowledge of service providers, institutions, and leaders in her district gives her a unique and substantive understanding of the challenges that women and families are facing.
District 13: Marjorie Velazquez
Bronx: Allerton, City Island, Country Club, Edgewater Park, Ferry Point, Locust Point, Morris Park, Pelham Bay, Pelham Gardens, Pelham Parkway, Schuylerville, Silver Beach, Spencer Estates, Throggs Neck, Van Nest, Waterbury LaSalle, Westchester Square, Zerega
Marjorie Velazquez will serve as a fierce advocate for pay equity and will make the women and girls of this city a top priority. She has pledged to work tirelessly to strengthen paid family leave laws, so women won’t have to choose between their careers and their families.
District 14: Randy Abreu
Bronx: Morris Heights, University Heights, Fordham, Kingsbridge
Randy Abreu’s principled and deep respect for women’s rights make him the best choice for voters in the Bronx’s 14th district. As a lawyer in the Obama administration, Mr. Abreu defended access to affordable quality healthcare at Planned Parenthood clinics in the face of extremists. A self-proclaimed feminist, he is committed to ending discrimination and advancing reproductive justice.
District 16: Vanessa Gibson – WON
Bronx: Claremont, Concourse, Concourse Village, Highbridge, Morris Heights, Mount Eden, Morrisania
Vanessa Gibson has an accomplished track record protecting the rights of women and families in the Bronx. She has endorsed legislation to halt job discrimination against those who have a criminal record, encouraged the financial support and expansion of minority and women owned businesses, and promoted equal pay legislation.
District 21: Francisco Moya – WON
Queens: Jackson Heights, Corona, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, LeFrak City, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, LaGuardia Airport
Current Assemblymember Francisco Moya is the clear choice for City Council in District 21. The community deserves a candidate that has earned the public’s trust and has the record to prove it, and Moya has a strong and undeniable track record of supporting the issues that matter to women. We can put our trust in him (unlike his opponent).
Women’s Coalition Endorses Francisco Moya for City Council
District 26: Jimmy Van Bramer – WON
Queens: Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City, Astoria, Dutch Kills
Jimmy Van Bramer is a pro-choice stalwart who has defended the rights of women throughout his career in the City Council. He led the charge to open the first Planned Parenthood health center in Queens. He also sponsored legislation to track and assess maternal mortality rates across the five boroughs. It’s clear he will continue to fight for women and underrepresented voices in our city.
District 29: Karen Koslowitz – WON
Queens: Rego Park, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill
Fighting against discrimination has been a cornerstone of Karen Koslowitz’s career in public service. Councilmember Koslowitz sponsored legislation to advocate for an advisory board dedicated to studying the civic, social, and economic discrimination faced by New York women and girls. She also sponsored legislation to make feminine hygiene products available in school bathrooms and ensure lactation rooms were available in city-owned buildings.
District 30: Elizabeth Crowley
Queens: Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, Woodside
Elizabeth Crowley has shown unshakable dedication to improving the lives of Queens’ women and families. She spearheaded groundbreaking legislation to track and encourage the use of Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs), advance pay equity, and expand training on domestic violence and child abuse treatment for shelter volunteers.
District 31: Donovan Richards – WON
Queens: Arverne, Brookville, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens
Donovan Richards has proven that he is a dedicated advocate and proponent of women’s rights in the City Council. A proud resident of Southeast Queens, he has consistently supported local measures to address the diverse set of issues women face, including co-sponsoring legislation banning employers from asking about previous salaries.
District 35: Laurie Cumbo – WON
Brooklyn: Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant
As Chairwoman of the Committee on Women’s Issues, Laurie Cumbo speaks out on the concerns most important to NYC women and families. A powerful voice in the City Council, Councilmember Cumbo spearheaded the creation of a task force to standardize comprehensive sex education, sponsored programs to retrain parents returning to the workforce, and pushed for the creation of lactation centers in city-owned buildings.
District 41: Alicka Samuel – WON
Brooklyn: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill-Brownsville, East Flatbush, Crown Heights
Experienced in both the public and nonprofit spheres, Alicka Samuel has worked to fight for reproductive justice and human rights for girls, locally and internationally. Her experiences as a Human Rights Coordinator for the U.S. Department of State and as Chief of Staff in the City Council, combined with her spirited community activism, ensures that she will be a strong voice for the people of District 41.