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Amit Bagga and Maya Wiley Cross-Endorse at Press Conference in Queensbridge

City Council Candidate Amit Bagga and Mayoral Candidate Maya Wiley at Queensbridge Houses

June 14, 2021 By Ryan Songalia

A progressive city council candidate picked up a significant cross-endorsement from a surging mayoral candidate.

Amit Bagga, who is running to represent the 26th Council District, exchanged endorsements with Maya Wiley. The two appeared together Sunday at Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City to make the announcement.

Wiley praised Bagga for his work at NYC Census 2020, where he served as Deputy Director.

“Amit is a dedicated and brilliant public servant and a progressive champion who shares my vision for the future of New York,” Wiley said.

Bagga says Wiley, a progressive who has risen to second place in the most recent polling, is the “only choice” for mayor for those who support progressive policies such as free healthcare for all, tackling climate change and bringing about police reform.

“With our shared vision and values, we will build a district, a borough, and a city that offers economic opportunity to all, so that we may all live with dignity, and build power – together,” said Bagga, who is running to replace the term-limited Jimmy Van Bramer in a district that includes Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City and a portion of Astoria.

In the latest Pix 11/Emerson College poll, conducted on June 7-8, Wiley came in second with 17 percent support, behind Adams with 23 percent.

She has surged 8 points since Pix 11/Emerson College did a poll on May 23-24.

Her rise comes on the heels of some significant endorsements, such as from Congressional representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman, plus U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Bagga has raised the third most campaign money in the 26th District Council race, at $57,006, based on the most recent campaign finance disclosures. Julie Won, with $69,199, and Brent O’Leary, with $58,919, have raised more.

Bagga has received endorsements from State Senators Jessica Ramos and Julia Salazar – who are among the state’s leading progressive lawmakers – as well as former gubernatorial candidates Cynthia Nixon and Zephyr Teachout.

Early voting in the New York City primary races began on June 12 and will run until June 20, with Election Day set for June 22.

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Sarah

My prediction is that Amit Bagga will win city council but Maya will not win the seat for NYC mayor. Western Qns is highly progressive and those resident show up to vote for district elections.

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Anonymous

Even more reason not to even rank Amit. He is Van Bramer’s choice and that is reason enough to leave his and Wiley’s bubbles blank so they get no portion of my vote in a runoff. We have been waiting for new leadership for years instead of Van Bramer’s style. So will be leaving Van Bramer’s bubble blank too!

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sunnysider x

i will vote for the pol who stands alone, none of this liberal phony love act.

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Sam

There goes my vote, Can’t talk about reform if you endorse the people who got us into this mess. clearly still close to the mayor and his hacks.

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Tom

Not good Amit. I like you but not her. She is bad news. Vote Amit, not Maya. No defunding the police.

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Anonymous

Amit supports defunding the police that is why they endorsed each other. If you don’t support Maya you also can not support Amit because they are running on the same platform.

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Jerry

Defunding the police doesn’t necessarily mean de reading the amount of cops it can also mean taking away tasks from them that even they
admit they shouldn’t be doing like dealing with mentally ill people or school safety.

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Anonymous

I would second guess ever bubbling in Amit for any choice. Leave it blank. Birds of a Feather Flock Together! You are who you associate with. Leave Amit’s Van Bramer’s and Wiley’s bubble blank!

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