During the Democratic primaries it was not an easy decision on the choice between Kathy Hochul and Jumaane Williams, whom we endorsed. We genuinely believe that Williams would have brought the leadership we so desperately need in these times of tumult, particularly the attack on our democratic rights. Giving our endorsement to Gov. Hochul in the race against Republican candidate Lee Zeldin for us is a no-brainer. Not only has Hochul grown into her position at the helm of the state, one of the things we were concerned about during the primaries, she has demonstrated keen insight on managing the gubernatorial office. And she certainly got our attention back in the summer when she announced the commitment of $8 million for improvements to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Even before this initiative, she had shown great compassion in allocating $3.8 million for Choose Healthy Life to address health inequities and to administer preventative wellness programs run by 20 churches, a plan she announced at First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem. It was at this event that she revealed her understanding of the healthcare disparities in the Black community as a result of the pandemic, and promised to make sure concrete action was applied to remedy the situation. In short, we join the 35 labor unions, including 1199SEIU, in our endorsement of Kathy Hochul for governor. She has made some tremendous strides toward serving the diverse sections of the state, and we have every expectation that this growth will continue and become even more effective in reaching and improving our marginalized communities.

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