TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Democratic New York Congressional candidate Josh Riley has received three campaign endorsements over the past few days.

The Working Families Party endorsed Riley, citing his record of public service. “In a moment when many New Yorkers are struggling to get by, we know that Josh will fight for a more inclusive economy, good-paying green jobs, and affordable health care for all. We’re proud to support Josh’s campaign and look forward to returning NY-22 to the people who keep it running,” said Sochie Nnaemeka, director of the Working Families Party.

Riley, who moved to Ithaca in February 2022, thanked the party and said he’s excited to work together to “defend and strengthen our democracy from forces that try to weaken it; we will create good, green jobs to combat climate change; and we will pursue a bold and aggressive agenda to make good health care, housing, education, and transportation available to all.”

After hearing from Riley, the Cortland County Democratic Committee announced he had won its vote by more than 70% in its seven-person field.

The other candidates Riley opposes are Vanessa Fajans-Turner, also from Ithaca, and Sarah Klee Hood, Steven Holden, Francis Conole and Chol Majok from Onondaga County.

Congressional Democrat nominee for New York’s 24th District Dana Balter also cited Riley’s public service, saying, “I’m excited to endorse Josh Riley for Congress. Josh’s record of fighting for the things that matter most — from improving access to health care for children and people with mental health conditions to defending workers’ rights to a decent wage and family leave to protecting our freedom to vote — tells me he’s the champion we need in [Washington], D.C.”

Riley commended Balter’s dedication to public service and said he is honored to have her support.

The Democratic primary date is set for June 28, 2022, which leaves just over three months for candidates to receive campaign endorsements.

Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Riley is a resident in Broome County, though he now resides in Ithaca.

Zoë Freer-Hessler

Zoë Freer-Hessler is a general assignment reporter for the Ithaca Voice. She has covered a wide range of topics since joining the news organization in November 2021. She can be reached at