Animal-protection candidates sweep in New York City Council elections

Animal-protection candidates sweep in New York City Council elections

WASHINGTON (November 8, 2023)—Today, The Humane Society Legislative Fund announced that 90 percent of its endorsed candidates won their seats in the 2023 New York City Council elections this week.

“This is the first city council election in which the Humane Society Legislative Fund has endorsed a slate of candidates who will fight for all animals in New York City,” said Brian Shapiro, New York Director for the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “These winning candidates have our steadfast support and we are excited to work with them to help create a more humane society here in NYC.”

HSLF is the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal protection. As a non-partisan organization, HSLF considers candidates for endorsement based on their dedication to animal protection. The slate of endorsed New York City Council candidates included incumbents who took pro-animal legislative action as well as first-time candidates demonstrating a commitment to the cause.

The following HSLF endorsed candidates claimed victory this week in the New York City Council elections:

  • 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)
  • 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)

Find the full list of HSLF-endorsed winners 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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