Melissa is endorsed by the leaders we trust.
Congressman Adriano Espaillat
“New York City deserves a fearless leader who is unafraid to stand up to power and deliver for working families—and Melissa is the Public Advocate we need. As the first formerly undocumented immigrant to serve in the United States Congress, I’m inspired by Melissa’s commitment to fight for all New Yorkers, no matter their immigration status. As Council Speaker, Melissa funded lawyers for undocumented immigrants, removed ICE from Rikers Island, and launched a municipal ID program for all New Yorkers. As Public Advocate, I know Melissa will be a fearless fighter who will stand up for working New Yorkers, immigrants, and NYCHA residents.”
NYS Assembly Member Catalina Cruz
“As a formerly undocumented immigrant and soon to be legislator, I am honored to endorse Melissa Mark-Viverito for Public Advocate. She is a true and tested champion for our communities and has fought for years to protect our rights and advance a progressive agenda for our city. As Public Advocate, Melissa will continue to hold our city and its agencies accountable to the needs of everyday New Yorkers. I look forward to joining the broad and diverse coalition she is building to help ensure she is our next Public Advocate.”
NYC Council Member Margaret Chin
“New York City deserves a Public Advocate who is independent, compassionate and never afraid to challenge the status quo to fight for a better future for all New Yorkers, and Melissa Mark-Viverito has the courage and track record we need to make sure that families across our city are taken care of. Throughout her leadership, Melissa has championed landmark legislation that advances criminal justice reform, secures important rights for tenants, and helps ensure that all immigrants are welcomed in our city. In her own advocacy efforts, she has created more pathways for more New Yorkers to take on leadership roles and be part of the decision-making table. It has been a pleasure to work with Melissa as our former Speaker, and I look forward to seeing her take on the Public Advocate role as a platform to empower and deliver for our communities.”
NYC Council Member Mark Levine
“As City Council Speaker, Melissa proved her mettle time and again, delivering hard-fought victories for tenants, immigrants, LGBT New Yorkers, and much more—including the passage of historic legislation making New York City the first place in the nation to establish a right to counsel for those facing eviction in housing court. Her independence, vision, and profound commitment to justice will make her an outstanding public advocate and I am proud to support her.”
NYC Council Member Diana Ayala
“It’s about time we had a Latina in city-wide office. Former Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has all of the qualifications necessary to be an effective, progressive Public Advocate—just look at her track record in the City Council. She has been a mentor to me for many years and together we have stood up for working people and immigrants, who are the backbone of New York City. I endorse Melissa wholeheartedly for Public Advocate, and look forward to working with someone who will address the many issues plaguing NYCHA residents!”
NYC Council Member Andrew Cohen
“I am proud to endorse my former colleague and fellow Bronx champion, Melissa Mark-Viverito. Melissa is a true progressive powerhouse with a proven track record of accomplishment on behalf of our city’s immigrants, women, and working families. From convincing the Mayor to close Rikers Island, to funding lawyers for all undocumented immigrants, Melissa has always stood up for the city’s vulnerable—no matter who opposed her. As Public Advocate, I know Melissa will keep fighting for criminal justice reform, demand our leaders fix our subways, and make sure public housing residents are treated with respect.”
Council Member [FMR.] Darlene Mealy
Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulín Cruz
LGBTQ Activist Alan Cumming
LGBTQ Activist Melissa Sklarz
“I am happy to endorse a candidate who listens to members of the LGBTQ community, understands our broad range of issues, and has many long-time relationships. Melissa Mark-Viverito fully embraces intersectionality and has stood with me and other trans New Yorkers in striving to create a more just society that is inclusive of all races, sexual orientations, and gender identities. I fully support Melissa-Mark Viverito for New York City Public Advocate.”
“While there were many deserving candidates for Public Advocate, we are proud to announce our endorsement of Melissa Mark-Viverito. She has a distinguished track record as a fierce ally for immigrant New Yorkers as Councilmember and then as Speaker of the Council. She has the strongest track record thus far of any Speaker in this City’s history – spearheading the City’s first-ever detainer law to keep ICE out of our justice system, the IDNYC program that has welcomed millions of the City’s immigrants into civic life, and new landmark immigration legal assistance programs such as iCare and the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project that provide free lawyers to thousands of immigrants and protect them from deportation,” said Steven Choi, Executive Director of Immigrant Action. “At a time when immigrant communities are under constant assault by the federal government, she has already declared she will fight unapologetically for two of the most important immigrant rights’ issues at this moment – access to driver’s licenses and the right to vote in municipal elections. New York City needs a Public Advocate who is willing to take strong action to protect and defend New York’s three million immigrants and all City residents. We are proud to endorse Melissa Mark-Viverito to create a more just city for all.”
Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn
“Melissa has a strong record of progressive advocacy that aligns with what we, as LGBTQ Brooklynites, value most,” said Jared Arader, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn President. “Her campaign has focused its LGBTQ platform on inclusivity – from LGBTQ-owned businesses, community liaisons for city agencies, to senior housing and increased assistance for LGBTQ youth, among other things, which really spoke to our members.”
UNIFORMED SANITATIONMEN’S ASSOC.
“Throughout your career both in City Council and as Speaker, you have never wavered in your commitment to stand up and fight for justice for all New Yorkers. Your strength and commitment have helped change the lives of our members and their families,” said Local 831 President Harry Nespoli. “After years of seeking equity in survivor benefits for the survivors of our members who lost their lives while on duty, your leadership within the Council led to the home rule message which empowered Albany to act. When you learned of the lack of locker and shower facilities for our women members, you fought for and provided more than 2.7 million above the City’s commitment to immediately fund the construction of those much needed facilities. You have stood with us. We now are ready to stand with you.”
LATINO VICTORY FUND
“Melissa Mark-Viverito has been a fierce champion for the Latino community, women, and working people in New York City for decades,” said Cristóbal Alex, President of Latino Victory Fund. “She’s unafraid to take on the establishment. Time and time again during Melissa’s tenure as speaker of the New York City Council, she was willing to stand up to the mayor and police commissioner in order to fight to close Rikers, provide lawyers for undocumented immigrants, and decriminalize hundreds of low-level offenses commonly targeting people of color. New York City needs a champion like Melissa as public advocate, and Latino Victory is proud to stand with her.”
“The Political Action for Candidate Election committee (PACE) of the National Association of Social Workers New York City Chapter (NASW-NYC) is proud to endorse Melissa Mark-Viverito on behalf of 6,500 social workers in New York City. With a record of advancing gender equity, criminal justice reform and protecting immigrants, Melissa is the best candidate to be our next New York City Public Advocate.”
National Organization for Women – NYC
“NOW is proud to endorse Melissa Mark-Viverito to be New York City’s next Public Advocate. She has the track record and tenacity to be an effective advocate leader for all of us. She will fight for our rights and take every opportunity to stand up for equality and justice,” said Sonia Ossorio, President of the National Organization for Women – NYC.
“Melissa Mark-Viverito is the prochoice champion we need as Public Advocate and #VOTEPROCHOICE is thrilled to endorse her today. With Trump in the White House and Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, the repeal of Roe is closer than ever — and we need prochoice champions on the local level to protect our reproductive freedom. As Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito made reproductive freedom a top priority, from supporting legislation to protect New Yorkers from fraudulent anti-abortion pregnancy service centers to creating a new sexual education task force, to advocating for free birth control for New York City residents,” said #VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi Sieck. “As Public Advocate, Melissa Mark-Viverito will hold all city services and policies accountable as related to sexuality, health and wellbeing through the office’s oversight responsibilities and through her ability to introduce legislation. Reproductive freedom is a part of nearly every service and impacts every single New Yorker. We must have a Public Advocate who understands that and Melissa Mark-Viverito truly does.”
Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan
“Melissa Mark-Viverito’s progressive track record of standing up for equity and justice will make her an incredible Public Advocate. From closing Rikers to decriminalizing low-level offenses to funding lawyers for immigrants facing deportation, Melissa has improved the lives of New Yorkers across this city. As Public Advocate, she will continue to fight for all New Yorkers and speak up for what is right,” said Liz Ritter, President of the Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan.
Northern Manhattan Democrats For Change
“New York City faces an important choice for Public Advocate on February 26th. In a crowded field of 17 candidates, We are proud to endorse the former New York City Council Speaker, and our friend, Melissa Mark-Viverito because she’s fighting for a better city for all of us. We support Melissa for Public Advocate because she has all of the qualifications necessary to be an effective, progressive Public Advocate—just look at her track record in the City Council. From funding lawyers for immigrants facing deportation to convincing the Mayor to close Rikers Island, she has always stood up for justice and equality.”
“Ms. Mark-Viverito was among the very first group of candidates we endorsed after StreetsPAC’s launch in 2013, and we are proud to support her again in the race for Public Advocate. We believe her combination of a strong record on street-safety and transit issues, and her experience leading the City Council, make her the best candidate for the job. We urge you to vote for Melissa Mark-Viverito for Public Advocate on Tuesday, February 26th.”
FDNY Vulcan Society
“The FDNY Vulcan Society is proud to endorse Melissa Mark-Viverito for Public Advocate. As the first female president of the Vulcan Society, I know what it’s like to break barriers. Not only is Melissa a history maker herself as the first Latina Speaker of the City Council, she has always been dedicated to fighting for gender equity in male dominated fields. As Speaker, she passed a law to require the FDNY to report on the number of women and minorities hired each year. Her steadfast commitment to racial justice and gender equality will make her an incredible Public Advocate for all of us,” said Regina Wilson, Immediate Past President of the Vulcan Society.
“En esta oportunidad El Diario ha decidido respaldar a Mark-Viverito. La trayectoria de la boricua en sus roles como activista, concejal y presidenta del Concejo Municipal ha dado cuenta de que es una persona firme, apasionada, comprometida y con ideales progresistas para sacar adelante proyectos que benefician a nuestra gente.”
The Weekly Bangla Patrika
“For a long time Melissa Mark-Viverito has been on the side of ethnic communities. She has been a true friend to Bangaldeshi New Yorkers. We are proud to endorse Melissa Mark-Viverito for Public Advocate,” said Abu Taher, Editor, The Weekly Bangla Patrika.
“Allewaa Alarabi is proud to endorse Melissa Mark-Viverito for Public Advocate. She was the first Speaker to invite our community and publication to the City Council. Her outspoken opposition to the Muslim ban and inclusion of Arab New Yorkers promises she will be a great advocate for us,” said Angie Damlakhi, Editor, Allewaa Alarabi.