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May 24th, 2021

State Sen. John Liu Endorses Andrew Yang as Asian Leaders Coalesce Around Yang's Historic Candidacy

**RELEASE** May 24th, 2021

Flushing, NY Watch Andrew's Speech HERE Today, New York State Senator John Liu of Queens, endorsed Andrew Yang for Mayor of New York City. If elected, Andrew Yang would be the first Asian American mayor in New York City’s history. 

Said State Senator Liu, “Never before in New York’s history have we needed a mayor who not only has the vision to see how badly our City needs transformative change, but the will to see through the historic measures necessary to bring us back stronger than ever. We need a mayor with his pulse on what people want, not just what politics play well in the moment.  For the Asian American community, Andrew is our Shirley Chisholm – he is our hope, he became our dream. I’m deeply proud to endorse Andrew for mayor of our great City, and I can’t wait to work with him in Albany to deliver for every New Yorker.”

Andrew Yang John Liu Endorsement

Said Andrew Yang, “John Liu is a trailblazer for the Asian American community and all of New York City – I am going to finish the job that John Liu started and become the first Asian American mayor in the history of New York City. This is a historic chance for us, the people of New York City, to have a government that works for no one but us. Fresh starts scare the people who are capitalizing off the current system but fresh starts excite New Yorkers who know that we can do better. We are going to deliver the changes that New Yorkers have been waiting for for years.”

Andrew Yang and John Liu
Andrew Yang and John Liu

A trailblazer in New York City and State politics, State Senator Liu made history as the first Asian American to win a legislative office in New York, as well as becoming the first Asian American to serve as New York City Comptroller and win a seat in New York City Council. Raised in Queens, Senator Liu immigrated from Taiwan at five years old, attending New York public schools and the City University of New York (C.U.N.Y) system before working  in the private sector for 14 years as a professional actuary, where he drawn upon his real world fiscal expertise to root out waste and mismanagement in government.

State Senator Liu’s endorsement is even more meaningful after a recent report revealed the AAPI community is the most underrepresented in American politics. In New York, the representation differential factor is -91.7%, lower than New Jersey and California, among federal, statewide, state legislature, and county offices.

Senator Liu joins Congresswoman Grace Meng, Congressman Ritchie Torres of the Bronx, State Senators Toby Ann Stavisky and Jeremy Cooney, State Assembly Members Ron Kim, Dan Rosenthal, Simcha Eichenstein, Mike Cusick, and Kenny Burgos, City Council Members Margaret Chin, Kalman Yeger Carlos Menchaca, and Vanessa Gibson, and Council candidates Sandra Ung, Richard Lee, Gigi Li, and William Allen in supporting Andrew Yang’s bid for Mayor.  Yang has also been endorsed by Asian groups including the AAPI Victory Fund, the New York City Asian-American Democratic Club, the Fukein American Association, United Fujianese of American, the Chang Le America Association, Inc., Fujian Foundation in USA, Inc, and United Overseas Fujianese Association of America.

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