Attorney General Letitia James is turning to the political director of a key labor union to lead her campaign for governor.
James on Tuesday morning announced 1199SEIU's Gabby Seay will become campaign manager, giving her a connection to one of the state's most politically active labor groups.
“Throughout her career, Gabby has worked to make New York and the entire country a better place for everyone, and I am proud to welcome her to the team," James said. "Gabby is a nationally recognized strategist and organizer who will help this campaign speak with New Yorkers in every corner of the state. New York needs change, and with Gabby at the helm, we will make it happen.”
James launched her bid for governor earlier this fall, challenging incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul, who is seeking a full term. New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams last week also joined the race for the nomination.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has indicated he will run for governor as well, and Long Islanders Steve Bellone, the Suffolk County executive, and Rep. Tom Suozzi are also considering campaigns.
“Attorney General James is the changemaker New York needs as governor, and it’s an honor to work for her on this historic campaign," Seay said. "We need to end the status quo in New York, and that starts with a governor who will fight for our most vulnerable and put working people first, and that person is Attorney General James. This campaign is going to organize New Yorkers all across the state and we are going to talk to everyone about why Attorney General James has to be our next governor.”