Tish James Announces Candidacy for Attorney General

Secures Endorsement of RWDSU, NYSNA, and CWA Local 1180

NEW YORK -- Today, New York City Public Advocate Tish James announced her candidacy for Attorney General for the State of New York. She made the announcement surrounded by enthusiastic supporters at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediately upon her announcement, she was endorsed by three powerful labor unions representing tens of thousands of New York working families: Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) (representing 45,000 workers in New York State, and 100,000 workers nationwide); New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) (representing 42,000 workers in New York State); and CWA Local 1180 (representing 8,600 workers in New York State and an additional 6,200 retirees).

“Throughout my career, I have been fueled by the idea that the law is the most effective tool in the quest for progress. I have used it to uplift hardworking people who deserve a fair shot, and to take on special interests for my constituents. I am proud to announce my candidacy for Attorney General, where I will continue to use the power of the law to move our great state forward,” said Public Advocate Tish James.

“Whether through legislation or on the picket lines fighting corporate greed, Public Advocate Tish James has always stood with labor. The RWDSU is proud to now stand with Tish who has the experience, passion, and commitment to lead our state as Attorney General. Now, more than ever, when the rights of workers, people of color, immigrants and women are being threatened, we must have a leader who has our values and is up to the challenge. We know Tish James will be that leader,” said Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).

“Public Advocate Tish James is a fierce advocate who has brought experience, passion, and integrity to every position she has ever held. From her time as a public defender to her tenure as New York City Public Advocate, Tish has never been afraid to defend our healthcare workers, stand up for what is right, and to fight for all people. We have no doubt she will continue to serve all the people of New York State as their Attorney General and NYSNA emphatically endorses her,” said Jill Furillo, Executive Director, NYSNA

“Public Advocate Tish James has always stood with the working women and men of labor. Every rally, Tish is there. Every issue we have, Tish is there. She has always had our back and now it is time we have hers. CWA Local 1180 is proud to stand with Tish as she makes history and becomes our next Attorney General for the State of New York,” said Gloria Middleton, President CWA Local 1180. About Public Advocate Tish James.