Humane Society Legislative Fund Announces 2023 New York City Council Endorsements

Humane Society Legislative Fund Announces 2023 New York City Council Endorsements

WASHINGTON (October 10, 2023)—Today, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal protection, announced its endorsements for candidates running in the 2023 New York City Council elections.

“The candidates we’ve endorsed have expressed a strong commitment to being part of a city council that will take action, and lead on important animal protection issues,” said Brian Shapiro, New York State Director of Humane Society Legislative Fund. “NYC advocates and voters who care about animals should make their voices heard in this election by supporting these humane candidates for office.”

HSLF considers endorsement by examining candidates’ campaign commitments and incumbents’ legislative record. As a non-partisan organization, HSLF only considers a candidate’s stance on animal protection and their electability when evaluating them for endorsement.

HSLF reviews and endorses candidates on a rolling basis, but has released its current list of New York City Council endorsements:

  • 1st District: Chris Marte (D)
  • 2nd District: Carlina Rivera (D)
  • 3rd District: Erik Bottcher (D)
  • 4th District: Keith Powers (D)
  • 7th District: Shaun Abreu (D)
  • 8th District: Diana Ayala (D)
  • 14th District: Pierina Ana Sanchez (D)
  • 19th District: Tony Avella (D)
  • 22nd District: Tiffany Cabán (D)
  • 25th District: Shekar Krishnan (D)
  • 29th District: Lynn Schulman (D)
  • 30th District: Robert Holden (D)
  • 33rd District: Lincoln Restler (D)
  • 34th District: Jennifer Gutiérrez (D)
  • 35th District: Crystal Hudson (D)
  • 36th District: Chi Ossé (D)
  • 37th District: Sandy Nurse (D)
  • 39th District: Shahana Hanif (D)
  • 40th District: Rita Joseph (D)
  • 47th District: Justin Brannan (D)
  • 48th District: Amber Adler (D)

Each endorsed incumbent candidate helped lead on or supported a variety of animal protection initiatives in 2023, such as Intro 4. This new law banned the sale of guinea pigs in pet stores, addressing and supporting the City’s surplus populations of shelter guinea pigs.

Election Day is November 7, and early voting spans October 28 through November 5. Find a list of New York City voting sites and early voting locations here.

Media Contact: Kate Sarna, 202-836-1265,


HSLF is a nonpartisan organization that evaluates candidates based only on a single criterion: where they stand on animal welfare. HSLF does not judge candidates based on party affiliation or any other issue.

The Humane Society Legislative Fund is a social welfare organization incorporated under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code and formed in 2004 as a separate lobbying affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States. The HSLF works to pass animal protection laws at the state and federal level, to educate the public about animal protection issues, and to support humane candidates for office. Visit us on all our channels: on the web at, on our blog at, on Facebook at and on X, formerly known as Twitter, at @HSLegFund.

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