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32BJ endorses Harris and Grodenchik

Stephon Johnson | 10/29/2015, 4:32 p.m.
Last week, members of 32BJ SEIU announced the endorsement of two candidates for the New York State Assembly and the ...
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Last week, members of 32BJ SEIU announced the endorsement of two candidates for the New York State Assembly and the New York City Council.

For State Assembly, the union has thrown its weight behind Coney Island civic activist Pamela Harris to represent Brooklyn’s 46th District.

“Pam earned our endorsement because of her dedication and commitment to service in her community, including her leadership as executive director of a community-service nonprofit and her work to rebuild her community after Hurricane Sandy,” said 32BJ President Hector Figueroa in a statement. “We look forward to helping elect her in November and working with her to advance a working families agenda in Albany.”

Harris is a retired New York City correction officer and the founder of the nonprofit, Coney Island Generation Gap, which provides arts programs for young people as a means of education.

For the New York City Council’s 23rd District in Queens, 32BJ SEIU endorses Barry Grodenchik. Grodenchik currently serves at the director of community boards for Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. Figueroa cited Grodenchik’s work with keeping hospitals open and funding senior centers, parks and libraries as reason to support him.

“Barry is a lifelong Queens resident who grew up with a deep understanding of the concerns that working and middle class families face in New York,” said Figueroa. “We look forward to helping elect him in November and working with him on legislation to support working families in the City Council.”