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Scott Stringer gets Working Families Party endorsement for NYC mayor

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Endorsements may be extra important this year in the crowded race for the 110th mayor of New York City.

Video Transcript

- Now to local politics and the most diverse group of candidates to ever run for mayor of New York. That's what's been assembled this spring, two months before the primary elections for the 110th mayor of the biggest city in the country. Today, several candidates drumming up more support in the form of endorsements. The next mayor facing more challenges than any other new mayor in New York history. Here's political reporter Dave Evans.

DAVE EVANS: Scott Stringer has reason to celebrate big. Today, he got the endorsement of the Working Families Party. The liberal left-wing party has backed candidates like AOC and Bernie Sanders in the presidential race.

SCOTT STRINGER: I was excited because there's a lot of people who wanted to be the choice of the Working Families Party.

DAVE EVANS: The party not only endorsed city controller Scott Stringer as its first choice, but Dianne Morales-- a former nonprofit executive-- got second place, and civil rights attorney Maya Wiley third. For Stringer, the endorsement means troops on the ground and some attention, while not many New Yorkers are thinking about the mayor's race yet.

SCOTT STRINGER: We have a very crowded mayor's field. And when you have the Working Families Party-- which is the progressive wing of the Democratic Party-- saying that they're with me number one I think is very significant for voters who have been asking, where do they stand; what are they going to do?

- (CHANTING) Eric! Eric! Eric!

DAVE EVANS: In the Bronx today, Freddy Ferrer, the Democratic nominee for mayor in 2005, endorsed Eric Adams, and Adams thanked him profusely.

ERIC ADAMS: He started a trail that I'm going to finish.

DAVE EVANS: Adams has scoffed at the Working Families Party endorsement and said he's proud of his own progressive credentials.

ERIC ADAMS: I am the progressive candidate in this race. Look at my history. Look at my history. Before people discovered the abuse of stop-and-frisk with a million Black and brown children being stopped, I was talking about it.

DAVE EVANS: And, no surprise, Scott Stringer today did not think much of Adams' claim.

You certainly don't agree with Eric Adams that he's progressive?

SCOTT STRINGER: He lives in his own mind, and I'm fine with that.

DAVE EVANS: Usually, endorsements don't matter that much, but this year's race, it's different. We have so many candidates running. Also, this year, we have ranked-choice voting. You won't vote for just one candidate. You'll rank them 1 through 5. And because of all of that, this year, endorsements may make a big difference.