Planned Parenthood NYC Votes (PPNYC Votes) works to ensure that individuals elected to city and state office represent the voters and the communities Planned Parenthood serves. We hold elected officials accountable for their voting records and positions on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues.

Planned Parenthood NYC Votes Announces Endorsements for 2017 City Elections

Endorsements Include Bill de Blasio for Mayor, Letitia James for Public Advocate and Scott Stringer for Comptroller; Announcement is First of Rolling Endorsements 

NEW YORK – Planned Parenthood NYC Votes today proudly announced its first endorsements for the 2017 New York City election cycle. Endorsements will be rolled out throughout the summer and fall, leading up to the primaries in September and the general election in November.

“We need leaders in City Hall who understand that reproductive freedom is a right, not a privilege, and that all of our communities deserve all the resources they need to succeed,” said Joan Malin of Planned Parenthood NYC Votes. “With Trump in the White House and Congress attempting to cut our communities off from health care, it has never been more critical to elect champions who will continue this city’s legacy as a place where all people can lead healthy lives and achieve their dreams.”

PPNYC Votes is proud to endorse citywide candidates Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate Letitia James andComptroller Scott Stringer.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has staunchly opposed the GOP’s ongoing efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and refuses to waver in his defense of the Affordable Care Act. “At times like these, we need Bill de Blasio as mayor. He has always supported the right to make the decisions that work best for New York’s families, and is a staunch ally to our city's women, and to people of all genders and identities,” Malin said. “PPNYC Votes is proud to endorse him for another four years.”

He has been a leader and partner in initiatives that have improved New Yorkers’ lives, including: passing paid sick leave and paid parental leave; increasing the minimum wage for city workers; creating universal pre-K, and now 3-K, which will help educate our city's children and make life easier for working parents; creating the Commission on Gender Equity; putting free tampons in city schools and jails; opening lactation rooms for new mothers; creating the Center for Health Equity to support communities of color; and investing $850 million into ThriveNYC, the largest investment in mental health of any city, including universal maternal depression screenings.

Public Advocate Letitia James has advocated for paid family leave, raising the wage, and last year led the citywide campaign to improve the health and safety of nail salon workers. As a Brooklyn Council Member, she also took on anti-reproductive health care extremists who use crisis pregnancy centers to deny women access to basic healthcare. “Tish James knows what it means to ensure all people have the means to lead healthy, caring and cared for lives,” said Malin.

Comptroller Scott Stringer has “consistently been a leader on sexual and reproductive health access for all New Yorkers – as a member of the New York State Assembly, during his time as Manhattan Borough President, and today as our city’s Comptroller,” Malin commented. “Scott Stringer is a candidate New Yorkers can be proud of.” Stringer led the citywide effort to make pregnancy a qualifying life event for insurance enrollment–making New York the first state in the country to do so. He has also fought tirelessly for fairer practices in the workplace, paid leave for all families, and an equitable minimum wage.

Candidates for all seats were asked to complete a questionnaire. Planned Parenthood NYC Votes staff and board members have also interviewed candidates in key races. The questionnaire can be found here:

The following is a full list of Planned Parenthood NYC Votes endorsements to date:

CITYWIDE CANDIDATE                                             

Bill de Blasio


Letitia James  

Public Advocate

Scott Stringer


Melinda Katz

Queens Borough President

Gale Brewer

Manhattan Borough President           

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE                                                 DISTRICT

Carlina Rivera


Corey Johnson


Ben J. Kallos


Helen Rosenthal


Mark Levine


Bill Perkins


Andrew Cohen


Marjorie Velazquez


Randy Abreu  


Ritchie Torres


Rafael Salamanca


Francisco Moya         


Costa Constantinides


Barry Grodenchik


Rory Lancman


Jimmy Van Bramer    


Elizabeth Crowley     


Antonio Reynoso       


Laurie Cumbo


Rafael L. Espinal Jr.  


Carlos Menchaca       


Brad Lander   


Alicka Ampry-Samuel           


Mark Treyger 


Dylan M. Schwartz    


Additional endorsements may be announced periodically and will be posted on the Planned Parenthood NYC Votes web site at

Contact Planned Parenthood NYC Votes at 212-274-7314.




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