Albany, NY - At the Desmond Hotel in Albany, Democrats from around New York gathered for ebullient meetings and talk about the future of the party. In one large conference room located on the 2nd floor of the family-owned hotel, the New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN) was on hand to endorse candidates for upcoming primaries.

"I am honored and proud to accept the endorsement of NYPAN," NY-21 Democratic congressional candidate Patrick Nelson stated. "This is a grassroots organization which believes in my movement, our movement, and we will get things done together."

NYPAN was founded in December 2016 by local groups after working extensively on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Although the founding chapters came from the Sanders campaign, NYPAN has welcomed progressive chapters and affiliates of all stripes, including Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, and the 504 Democrats (a disability rights organization), bringing their total to 35 chapters.

The largest victory to date from the young organization was the election of Christine Pellegrino to the NYS Assembly in 2017. She ran on the Democratic/Working Family Party line against a Republican/Conservative in a district a Democrat had never won and where Trump won by 22 points. Pellegrino proved the naysayers wrong working along with NYPAN, and winning the 9th Assembly District, 58 to 42 percent.

Other candidates endorsed by NYPAN this afternoon were Cynthia Nixon (D-NY) who is looking to unseat Governor Cuomo, New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) for lieutenant governor, and Ian Golden (D-Ithaca) for Congress in NY-23.

Patrick Nelson