NYC public advocate Jumanne Williams to wed India Sneed

Love, some say, conquers all, but can it vanquish Public Advocate Jumaane Williams’ loathing for the New York Post? Williams is set to tie the knot Thursday with bride-to-be India Sneed, a lobbyist with the Greenberg Traurig lobbying firm, which represents News Corp., the parent company of both the Post and Fox News. For years, those two news outlets have been oft-maligned targets of Williams’ ire.–167752360/–167752373/–167752360/–167752373/–167752360/–167752373/–167752360/–167752373/–167752360/–167752373/–167752360/–167752373/–167752360/–167752373/–167752360/–167752373/–167752360/–167752373/–167752360/–167752373/–167752360/–167752373/–167752360/–167752373/–167752360/–167752373/–167752360/–167752373/

New York City public advocate Jumaane Williams (left) and lobbyist India Sneed (right) (Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

In January, Williams tweeted at the Post and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) about an opinion piece Hawley penned in the paper railing against cancel culture.

“@HawleyMO if you bring up #1stamendment rights, at least have the courage of convictions & say it’s specifically about the rights of #WhiteSupremacist thought,” he tweeted at the time. “The same kind the @nypost & @FoxNews peddle while hiding behind ‘conservative’ or ‘right-wing.’”

In response to a tweet about a Post story on Gov. Cuomo’s withholding nursing home death toll data, Williams, a progressive who’s rumored to be mulling a primary run against Cuomo, wrote: “agreed on the how bad the @nypost is.”

In 2019, he accused the down-market tabloid of using “horrible tragedies … to gin up labels like ‘anti-cop.’”

Sneed is listed as a lobbyist for News Corp. going back to 2019, New York City Clerk’s Office records show.

India Sneed (left) and New York City public advocate Jumaane Williams (right)

India Sneed (left) and New York City public advocate Jumaane Williams (right) (Pacific Press/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Kenneth Sherrill, a professor emeritus of political science at Hunter College, said Sneed’s connection to News Corp. is sure to raise eyebrows among some of the city’s dyed-in-the-wool progressives, but described the marriage between Williams and someone with the firm Rudy Giuliani once worked for as “kind of a nice thing.”

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“This is a rare example of bipartisanship that should be cherished,” Sherrill told the Daily News. “In a way, this is something that should be celebrated — that each is able to put politics aside.”

Williams and his spokesman did not respond to requests for comment. Sneed referred questions to a Greenberg Traurig spokeswoman, who did not immediately comment.

Sneed and Greenberg Traurig also represent several other companies that are looked down on by the left, including the real estate companies Two Trees and SL Green; the Maximus firm, which has engaged in anti-union activity; and Wells Fargo, which Williams slammed in 2019.

“Corporate banks have been allowed to rob us of the opportunity to protect our communities and families,” Williams said at the time. “The banks on this list have chosen profits over people. Bankrolling our climate crisis, engaging in labor violations, redlining and funding slumlords shouldn’t be standard operating practice — especially when billions of the public’s dollars are in play. They think they can get away with this and that they are not beholden to the people — as a watchdog for the public, as the first elected official to endorse and join Occupy Wall Street, I want them to know that we see what they’re doing, we’ll fight them and we’ll win.”

Sneed and Williams are set to wed at the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn in a summery ceremony where guests have been asked in wedding invite to don “sundresses, floral prints, suits in lighter hues, and fun hats and fascinators.”

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