We’re standing with de Blasio

George Gresham | 9/5/2013, 12:34 p.m. | Updated on 9/5/2013, 12:34 p.m.
We at 1199 SEIU count as friends most of the New York City’s Democratic candidates for mayor. None, however, have ...

LICH registered nurse Roslyn Blackman put it well: “SUNY has been dishonest. It wants to move in people who can afford luxury condos. That means it’s up to us to stick up for the community.”

1199ers and working people are the community. We are consumers with children in our schools and loved ones in our hospitals and nursing homes. We ride the subways and buses, and we shop in the department stores and supermarkets. We demand a city that welcomes all its residents, not just the wealthy.

“I’m a single mother with two children in college,” said 1199er Idalis Oquendo, who was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant and has worked in Interfaith Hospital’s payroll department for the last 29 years. “I don’t know what people would do if Interfaith closes. I know a lot of elderly people who would have no place to go.”

Like Blackman, Idalis, together with her sisters and brothers in 1199 and the community, is fighting to keep Interfaith open. “I’m supporting Bill de Blasio because he’s been there for us faithfully and from the beginning,” she said.

We will be working for and standing with Bill de Blasio on Primary Election Day, Sept. 10. That’s when we’ll begin to close the chapter of a tale of two cities.