ITHACA, N.Y.—Josh Riley has received an endorsement from the Tompkins County Progressives.

Emily Adams, chair of the Tompkins County Progressives, said Riley is uniquely qualified in his run for Congress. “He has spent much of his career working in Congress, writing legislation that not only could make a difference in people’s lives but also could get the votes to pass. […] Despite great professional success and recognition, he remains humble, and despite huge challenges and injustices in front of us, he remains hopeful and even-tempered.”

The Tompkins County Progressives specifically noted Riley’s priority of restoring democracy and advocating for voting rights, something he’s been outspoken about.

“I’m very grateful for Tompkins County Progressives’ support,” Riley said. “Together, we will fight to defend our Democracy, make healthcare a civil right in America, and create the new jobs we need to save the planet from climate change.  As counsel in the Senate, I worked to implement progressive ideals as pragmatic policies, and I look forward to continuing that work when elected.”

This endorsement marks the fifth Riley has received this month. With endorsements already under his belt from the Working Families Party, the Cortland County Democratic Committee and Dana Balter, Defend the Vote, a national voting rights organization, endorsed him earlier this week.

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