32BJ announce endorsements, DC37 champions primary victory for candidates

Stephon Johnson | 10/5/2017, 11:24 a.m.
Late last week, 32BJ SEIU announced its endorsement of candidates in Long Island elections.
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Late last week, 32BJ SEIU announced its endorsement of candidates in Long Island elections.

In Suffolk County elections, the union endorsed for county legislature Joshua Slaughter, Kara Hahn, Sarah Anker, Rob Calarco, Bill Lindsey, DuWayne Gregory, Susan Berland and William Spencer. In Nassau County, 32BJ endorsed Jack Schnirman for county comptroller and Kevan Abrahams, Siela Bynoe, Eileen Napolitano, Mike Sheridan, Arnold Drucker, Joshua Lafazan and Jeff Gold for county legislature.

32BJ also endorsed Timothy Sini for Suffolk County district attorney. Union president Hector Figueroa said Sini will stand up for the vulnerable.

“We believe Timothy Sini will stand up for our members, including our immigrant members, especially in the context of the bitter anti-immigrant sentiment promoted by a number of misguided legislators on Long Island,” said Figueroa in a statement. “Many of our members are part of immigrant families, and recognize the value of a defender of Long Island workers and their families, like Sini has been.”

While 32BJ continues the push for its candidates in the general election, DC 37 officials are patting themselves on the back for its political operation that scored primary victories for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate Letitia James and City Council candidates Francisco Moya (District 21-Queens), Adrienne Adans (District 28-Queens), Alicka Samuel (District 41-Brooklyn) and Diana Ayala (District 8-Upper Manhattan/Bronx).

DC 37 Political Action Director Jeremy John said Primary Night showed the power of their union

“We targeted districts with high density DC 37 membership, communities where literally thousands of DC 37 members live,” said John in a statement. “These victories confirm our union’s commitment to fortifying our political operation and supporting our legislative agenda at City Hall. During the past three years, we have made progress on issues that are vital to working families—reducing inequality, raising wages, increasing affordable housing and improving access to quality education for all. But there is much more to do, and we need to elect officials who will not waver in support of working families and our agenda.”

John concluded, “The union will continue to work tirelessly for all of our candidates, local and citywide, as well as getting our members to the polls to oppose the proposed Constitutional Convention ballot question in November.”

The General Election will be held on Nov. 7.