Ms Wiley, one of the most left-wing candidates in the race, said she heard from Mr Jeffries on Friday night, adding that he, along with Ms Clarke and Ms Velázquez, were ‘leaders whose voters trusted them , respect them, and they move votes.
“Having Hakeem Jeffries backing me up by saying, ‘This is my candidate,’ has a huge impact in an extremely important part of this city for anyone who wants to be mayor of New York to gain,” she added.
In the June primary, New Yorkers will be able to rank up to five mayoral candidates, and Mr Jeffries has indicated he may reveal other rankings of his mayoral choices, but said he hadn’t yet made a decision on how he would proceed.
During the interview he sketched out a detailed map of what he saw as Ms Wiley’s path to victory, although certainly with a crowded field of candidates there is significant competition for every major constituency. politics in New York.
“I expect Eric Adams and Maya Wiley to perform best in the communities of central Brooklyn, as well as other traditionally African American neighborhoods in New York City,” said Jeffries. , noting Ms. Wiley. potential in “both traditionally African-American communities” and parts of town that are home to many white liberals, mentioning neighborhoods like Chelsea, Manhattan, and the progressive enclaves of Brooklyn.
“It’s a pretty powerful electoral route, if the campaign can continue to unfold over the next few weeks,” he said.
Some rival Democrats have feared the prospect of a late push from Ms Wiley, and the coming weeks will test her ability to execute that possibility.