Civil rights lawyer Maya Wiley is asking outstanding New York pols looking for help for a run for mayor, The Publish has realized.
Wiley, a Brooklyn resident, beforehand served as Mayor Invoice de Blasio’s high authorized counsel and chair of the Civilian Criticism Evaluation Board.
“Maya did attain out to get my help,” mentioned Bronx state Sen. Luis Sepulveda instructed The Publish Sunday.
Sepulveda was the primary New York elected official to again then-underdog Invoice de Blasio’s profitable bid for mayor in 2013.
“If Maya runs she shall be a formidable candidate,” Sepulveda mentioned.
“Possibly she thinks I’ll be a great luck attraction,” he joked.
Sepulveda mentioned he’s spoken to different mayoral candidates and has not pledged for help for anybody — at the moment.
He did inform Wiley and different candidates he was occupied with getting extra folks of shade – notably Latinos – elected to public workplace and appointed to authorities posts.
Wiley, a black lady with sturdy ties to progressive and civil rights circles, would shake up the race, sources mentioned.
Whereas tales have beforehand been floated about Wiley flirting with working for Metropolis Corridor, her calls to pols reminiscent of Sepulveda present extra proof she’s able to make the leap.
Different Democrats looking for to run for mayor subsequent 12 months embody metropolis Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, former metropolis Veterans Affairs Commissioner Loree Sutton and Shaun Donovan, who served as former President Barack Obama’s funds director and Housing and City Growth secretary.
Republicans eyeing a run embody Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa and billionaire enterprise mogul John Catsimatidis, amongst others.
Wiley’s time at Metropolis Corridor was not with out controversy. She was concerned in crafting the much-criticized coverage that exempted de Blasio’s communications with marketing campaign and political consultants from public disclosure by defining them as “brokers of the town.”
She was forward of the curve on a key challenge. As the top of de Blasio’s College Range Advisory Group, Wiley really helpful in February 2019 that the town ought to contemplate transferring college safety from the NYPD to the Division of Schooling. The mayor and the Metropolis Council agreed to do this final month.
Wiley, 58, left the mayor’s workplace in June 2016 to guide the CCRB, which investigates complaints towards the NYPD. She was additionally appointed senior vp for social justice on the New College.
She stepped down from the CCRB a few 12 months later, saying she wished to focus her consideration on her job on the New College, the place she can also be a professor of city coverage and administration.
Earlier than coming to Metropolis Corridor, Wiley labored for the NAACP Authorized Protection and Academic Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, and George Soro’s Open Society Institute. She additionally based and served as president of the Middle for Social Inclusion, a nationwide group whose mission is dismantling structural racism. Her father was civil rights chief George Wiley.
The Democratic mayoral major is subsequent June, lower than a 12 months away. Which means candidates have to boost cash in a rush, except they’re rich sufficient to foot the invoice themselves.