Reynoso, Richards endorse James AG reelection bid

Attorney General of New York Letitia James at George Floyd memorial in Brooklyn, NY.
Attorney General of New York Letitia James at George Floyd memorial in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo by Tsubasa Berg)

Brooklyn and Queens Borough Presidents Antonio Ryenoso and Donovan Richards Friday became the latest to endorse Letitia James in her reelection bid for state Attorney General.

“I am humbled and honored to receive the support of my colleagues, Borough Presidents Antonio Reynoso and Donovan Richards, who believe in my ability to serve as the ‘People’s Lawyer’ and entrust me to protect the voiceless and fight corruption,” James said in a release. “New Yorkers have lived through some of the toughest and most challenging times of our lives, and as attorney general, I will continue to deliver justice and ensure that this state recovers and rebuilds stronger and better than ever.”

James announced her campaign for another four years as the state’s top lawyer after dropping out of the governor’s race late last year to throw her support behind unelected incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul. With no real competition in the primary or general election, James is expected to easily win reelection.

With endorsements from Reynoso and Richards locked down, James has now received official backing from all of the city’s Democratic borough presidents – including Manhattan and Bronx beeps Mark Levine and Vanessa Gibson. James has also been endorsed by an overwhelming number of the state’s top Democratic lawmakers, labor unions and trades and political organizations including U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, Mayor Eric Adams, 1199 SEIU and the Hotel Trade Council (HTC).

Reynoso said he’s proud to throw his support behind a fellow homegrown Brooklyn elected like James.

“Tish is from Brooklyn and Brooklyn always sticks together,” Reynoso said. “I am proud to support Letitia James for Attorney General, a relentless fighter for fairness who is committed to communities who have long suffered from disinvestments and systemic injustices. Whether it’s fighting for tenants’ rights, advocating for affordable and accessible childcare, or standing up to companies’ price gouging during a crisis, Attorney General James is a fierce champion for everyday New Yorkers and she is ready to finish the job she started.”

Richards praised James’ work in fighting for his constituents by going after abusive landlords, fighting gun violence and helping community groups provide resources to Ukraine during its war with Russia.

“I am thrilled to endorse my friend and colleague Letitia James – who has worked tirelessly for the residents of Queens and New Yorkers across the state – for a second term as our attorney general,” Richards said. “She is unafraid to go after the powerful and do what’s right. In Queens alone she sued landlords for harassing tenants and violating tax-abatement and lead-paint laws, held gun buyback programs and most recently helped local community groups organize a massive Ukraine drive filled with medical, infant and feminie hygiene supplies for refugees.”