From the Morning Memo:

A group of female New York City Council members endorsed Public Advocate Letitia “Tish” James for AG, adding their names to a growing list of Democratic elected officials throwing their support behind her candidacy.

Taking up the torch for James were: Adrienne Adams, Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Diana Ayala, Margaret Chin, Laurie Cumbo, Vanessa Gibson, Karen Koslowitz, Carlina Rivera, Deborah Rose, and Helen Rosenthal.

The women, all Democrats, were united in their praise of James’ record, particularly her stance on women’s rights.

“Throughout her career, Tish James has been a strong voice for women’s reproductive rights and access to healthcare options,” Gibson said. “At a time when these rights are under attack by the Trump Administration, it is critical that New York elects an Attorney General who will never back down from protecting these most basic rights. Tish James is the Attorney General New York needs in order to ensure that women’s rights and access to basic healthcare are protected.”

James released a series of proposals last week that were aimed at easing access to medical care and abortion services for New York women, as well as eliminating workplace discrimination during pregnancies.

Like the governor, who is backing her candidacy to fill the vacancy left by the abrupt departure of former AG Eric Schneiderman, James has been vocal in her support of the Reproductive Health Act, adding her voice to those calling on the GOP-lead state Senate to return to Albany to pass it.

Before serving as public advocate, James was herself a Council member. She was elected on the Working Families Party line – the party’s first candidate to land a citywide office – but has since distanced herself from the WFP, which is at war with the governor and backing his primary challenger, Cynthia Nixon.

James was endorsed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo before the Democratic state convention in May, and since then has been embraced by party members statewide. Last week she traveled to Puerto Rico with Cuomo along with SUNY and CUNY students volunteering on the recovering island for class credit.

James faces three fellow Democrats in the upcoming September primary: NY-18 Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, ex-Cuomo aide and Buffalo native Leecia Eve and Fordham Law Prof. Zephyr Teachour, who ran an unsuccessful primary challenge against Cuomo in 2014.