‘Changemaker’ – Civil rights lawyer Maya Wiley takes her shot in mayoral race
Maya Wiley, a civil rights lawyer and advocate for racial justice, is running for New York City mayor among a crowded field of candidates.
"No one else has ever looked like me or thought like me or talked like me [has] been mayor of New York City before. We have 109 men. Time for something different,” she told News 12.
Wiley previously served as chair of the city's Civilian Complaint Review Board. Before that, she was counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Calling herself a “changemaker,” Wiley says she will focus on getting the COVID-19 vaccine into New Yorkers’ arms, fixing the “regulatory problem” that small businesses face and creating more affordable housing “at prices that are really affordable for people.”
She also says that she will focus on changing the way policing is done in New York City.
“Folks want to be safe from crime, but they also want to be safe from police violence,” she says.
On her website, Wiley says the city needs “leadership that will demand law enforcement accountability and culture change. Leadership that believes we can demilitarize the force while still clearly responding to and investigating serious crime, illegal guns, and threats of terrorism.”
Extended interviews with Maya Wiley and the rest of the candidates can be found here.
May 28 is the last day to register to vote in person or have mail-in applications postmarked by. Anyone that needs to change their address needs to do so by June 2. Primary Election Day is June 22.