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1199SEIU endorses Brian Benjamin for State Senate

Stephon Johnson | 4/27/2017, 6:46 p.m.
Looking to fill the seat once occupied by Bill Perkins, Brian Benjamin received an important union endorsement.
Brian Benjamin

Looking to fill the seat once occupied by Bill Perkins, Brian Benjamin received an important union endorsement.

Benjamin was endorsed by 1199SEIU for the New York State Senate’s 30th District seat. This endorsement adds to a list of endorsements for Benjamin, including Teamsters Local 237, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, New York State Assemblywoman Inez Dickens, New York City Councilman Mark Levine, Manhattan Democratic Chairman Keith Wright and former Rep. Charlie Rangel.

The New York State Senate’s 30th District covers Harlem, East Harlem, Washington Heights, Morningside Heights, Hamilton Heights and much of the Upper West Side.

“Health care workers are excited to support Brian Benjamin, a candidate who will bring fresh ideas and a depth of experience to the New York State Senate” said Helen Schaub, New York State policy and legislative director of 1199SEIU, in a statement. “As an organizer and community leader in upper Manhattan, Brian has advocated for greater economic opportunity and affordable housing, better wages and a more level playing field for all. He’s made clear his commitment to New York’s working families, and we are proud to offer our support.”

Benjamin expressed appreciation for the endorsement.

“My mother and father both immigrated to America in search of opportunity, and they found it thanks to organized labor,” stated Benjamin. “Years of hard work and union support enabled them to achieve their dreams and provide for our family. I’m honored to have the confidence and support of 1199SEIU, and look forward to fighting for quality health care and the promise that with hard work, everyone can achieve the quality of life they deserve.”

The 30th District seat’s special election will be held May 23.