BROOKLYN (November 3, 2021) – Higher Heights for America, the only organization exclusively dedicated to electing more progressive Black women at all levels, announces its endorsement of Letitia “Tish” James as Governor of New York.
On Friday, James officially announced her bid for the Governor of New York. If elected, James would make history as the first Black woman governor of New York, years after becoming the first woman elected as New York’s attorney general and the first Black person to serve in the role.
“I’ve spent my career guided by a simple principle: stand up to the powerful on behalf of the vulnerable, to be a force for change,” James said. “I’m honored to receive the endorsement of Higher Heights, whose critical work elevates the leadership of Black women across this nation. They have been one of my earliest supporters, from Public Advocate, to Attorney General, and now in my run for Governor. I will fight for New York every day. With the support of groups like Higher Heights, I know we can build a better future for our state and our country.”
Prior to becoming Attorney General, James’ career highlights include 10 years representing the 35th Council District in Brooklyn, followed by becoming Public Advocate for the City of New York. During her two terms as Public Advocate, James passed the Safe Housing Act, legislation that forced landlords to improve living conditions for tenants in New York City’s worst buildings and helped uncover the corruption behind the Office of Payroll Administration’s CityTime contract.
As Attorney General of New York, James has fought corruption and sought justice across many areas. She has aggressively pursued lawsuits against the National Rifle Association, is currently investigating the Trump Organization and its officers for tax fraud, and most recently investigated allegations of sexual harassment against former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, which ultimately led to his resignation.
“Tish is the leader New York deserves. As a staunch advocate for justice, Tish’s career has led her to this defining moment. And as a Black woman, and possibly the first Black woman governor of New York, this next step will catapult her to the leadership role she’s worked so hard for,” said Glynda C. Carr, President, and CEO of Higher Heights.