Joint Statement From Public Advocate Williams And Comptroller Lander On Mayor's Recent Appointments

February 23rd, 2022

Press Release

"We are deeply concerned about the message that the mayor is sending by appointing leaders who have histories of disparaging the rights, and even the humanity, of LGBTQ New Yorkers and of working to criminalize abortion. LGBTQ immigrants in NYC need to know that they can turn to city agencies for help. Especially at this moment, people in New York City need to know that their city will wholeheartedly defend their right to reproductive health care.

"All New Yorkers need to know that their leaders view them as fully equal people and will work every day to protect their rights. Apologies and redress for past harm are important, as is meaningful, demonstrable growth. At the same time, it’s critically important that concerns about the people hired to serve our city are heard, acknowledged and meaningfully addressed, not dismissed.

"This is a city that holds dear the values of equality and dignity. Those are the values that we will hold this administration accountable to."

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