StreetsPAC Endorses Seven Candidates in New York State Senate Primary

We are proud today to announce our endorsement of seven candidates in the August 23rd primary for the New York State Senate!

Our endorsees include two incumbents, two candidates challenging sitting State Senators, and three candidates running for open seats, in districts that touch on all five boroughs.

In-person early voting begins on Saturday, August 13th, while the deadline to request an absentee ballot is today. You can check your registration status, find your early-voting and election-day polling locations, and see other election-related information at We've included links to district maps for each of the candidates we're endorsing.

We anticipate making a final round of endorsements in advance of November's general election, as a number of state legislators whom we've endorsed in the past are not facing primary challenges. Check back for updates.

We hope you'll join us in supporting these outstanding candidates for the New York State Senate. Read on to learn more about our endorsees and aspects of their street-safety and transportation platforms. Candidates are listed below in ascending order by district number.

2022 State Senate Endorsees

Kaegan Mays-WilliamsKaegan Mays-Williams, 21st State Senate District, Brooklyn (Challenger) – Kaegan Mays-Williams, a gun-safety advocate, and David Alexis, a labor and climate organizer, are challenging incumbent Kevin Parker for this central Brooklyn seat. While both are attractive candidates, our choice is Ms. Mays-Williams. A former assistant Manhattan District Attorney, she's been touched closely by traffic violence: her best friend's father was struck and killed by a driver while crossing a street. She supports redesigning Brooklyn's bus network to simplify routes and speed commutes, and as a mom with a young child, she's committed to supporting expansion of a network of protected bike lanes throughout the 21st District.

Rajiv GowdaRajiv Gowda, 23rd State Senate District, Brooklyn & Staten Island (Open Seat) – Rajiv Gowda, a retired civil engineer whom we endorsed in 2020, is running for this now-open seat covering Staten Island's North Shore and a portion of southern Brooklyn. A former union leader and Community Education Council president, Gowda also chaired his Community Board's Transportation Committee. He's committed to advocating for a pedestrian and bicycle path on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, reactivation of Staten Island's North Shore rail line, major upgrades to the district's bike lanes, and improved transit accessibility.

Jabari BrisportJabari Brisport, 25th State Senate District, Brooklyn (Incumbent) – Senator Brisport, who won his seat in 2020 with StreetsPAC's endorsement, is running for re-election against two challengers. He supports eliminating parking minimums across the city; connecting the 25th District's disjointed bike network, with an emphasis on protected lanes; and increasing access to secure bike parking, especially for NYCHA residents. He's committed to improving transit service, and supports traffic-calming redesigns of streets to slow down vehicles and improve safety.

Andrew GounardesAndrew Gounardes, 26th State Senate District, Brooklyn (Incumbent) – Senator Gounardes, who earned our endorsement when he won his seat in 2018 and was re-elected in 2020, has proved to be a transformative figure in the State Senate. He's led the fight in Albany to expand New York City's speed-camera program, and authored the legislation that now allows cameras to operate around the clock, which should have a huge effect on reducing speeding. His bill requiring that the written portion of New York State's drivers' test include instruction in pedestrian and bicycle safety passed the legislature in June, and he also introduced a bill that would require pedestrian-safety ratings for motor vehicles. He's called for revoking the license of anyone who racks up three or more dangerous-driving violations within a one-year period, and he's been a staunch advocate for improved transit service and subway accessibility.

Angel VasquezAngel Vasquez, 31st State Senate District, Manhattan & Bronx (Challenger) – Angel Vasquez, a Teachers' Union official and former middle-school teacher and Albany staffer, is running against incumbent Robert Jackson in this upper Manhattan and west Bronx district. A fan of Bogota's TransMilenio bus rapid transit system, he'd like to see that type of high-level service implemented in New York as part of a concerted effort to reduce driving in the city. He supports building out a more robust network of protected bike lanes uptown, and extending bike-share to all corners of the 31st District.

Christian AmatoChristian Amato, 34th State Senate District, Bronx & Westchester (Open Seat) – Christian Amato, an ex-staffer for State Senator Alessandra Biaggi and former theater producer with abundant political-organizing experience, is running for the open seat in this east Bronx district. Amato is committed to expanding transportation options in the district as a means to reducing driving. As Vice Chair of CB11's Transportation Committee, he's championed the area's scooter-share pilot, and he wants to see Citi Bike expanded into the district, served by a better-connected and upgraded bike-lane network. He'll push to have the Interbrough Express extended to the Bronx, supports improvements to bus service, including dedicated bus lanes, and would like to see ferry service expanded and integrated with New York City Transit.

Kristen GonzalezKristen Gonzalez, 59th State Senate District, Brooklyn, Manhattan & Queens (Open Seat) – Kristen Gonzalez, a tech worker with a strong organizing background, is running a broadly progressive campaign for this newly created seat spanning parts of Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. Deeply dedicated to public transit, she'll fight for improvements in service, especially for buses, and wants to see the entire bus fleet electrified. She supports making a number of streets within the 59th District car-free, in order to improve safety and prioritize walking and biking. She's also committed to improving conditions for the city's Deliveristas, and to making the bike-share system affordable and available to all New Yorkers. Former New York City Council member Elizabeth Crowley has also put forth a creative transportation platform, but we believe voters in this new district will benefit most by electing Ms. Gonzalez.

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