New York City Elections 2017

Updated: October 25, 2017
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NYC Election Tuesday, November 7!

New York City needs genuine and fearless progressive leadership. Please do your part and vote!

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Vote “No” on Ballot Proposal 1: Constitutional Convention

On November 7th, voters will also decide whether or not New York should hold a convention in 2019 to rewrite our state constitution. The PSC is one of many unions urging a “NO!” vote on the constitutional convention. A convention is likely to become a taxpayer-funded boondoggle for special interests and corporate lobbyists to take away workers’ rights and undermine public pension protections. For more information, see the Clarion.

Citywide Races

Every elected official is up for election or re-election on November 7th.
Click here for full list of endorsed PSC candidates.

Mayor de Blasio came into office promising to fight for universal pre-K, expand paid sick leave and raise the minimum wage for City employees and contractors, and he has delivered. [Read more]

Public Advocate Letitia James is the first Black woman elected to hold a citywide office. A Lehman College graduate, James has been a staunch supporter of the PSC including most recently, supporting the union’s demand for retroactive pay during our recent contract fight. [Read more]

Comptroller Scott Stringer is a graduate of John Jay College and a long-term CUNY supporter. As Comptroller, Scott Stringer has worked hard to keep city government financially sound and accountable.[Read more]

PSC Endorsements in Contested City Council Primaries

Carlina Rivera CD 2 Manhattan
Rivera is a native of the district an active tenant, community organizer and was legislative director for term-limited Council member, Rosie Mendez. Carlina believes the opportunity to obtain a CUNY degree is the path to greater equity.[Read more]

Keith Powers CD 4 Manhattan
Powers is a third-generation resident of the district, Community Board 6 member, tenant organizer and long-term community activist. He attended the CUNY Graduate Center and understands that a free or low-cost public college education is crucial. [Read more]

Diana Ayala CD 8 Manhattan
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City, she knows the power CUNY has to change lives. [Read more]

Marjorie Velazquez CD 13 Bronx
A life-long resident of the Bronx, Velazquez went to public schools and earned a business degree from NYU. She understands CUNY is critical to NYC's future. [Read more] [Marjorie Velazquez, PSC’s candidate for Council District 13, lost in the primary to Democrat Mark Gjonaj, but remains on the ballot on the WFP line.]

Alicka Ampry-Samuel CD 41 Brooklyn
Samuel is a life-long Brownsville resident and a trustee of her church. Her parents have been long-term community activists. She's a proud graduate of the CUNY School of Law. [Read more]

Justin Brannan CD 43 Brooklyn
A community activist, civic organizer and musician who has lived in Bay Ridge his entire life, Brannan attended Fordham University and the College of Staten Island. He will advocate for full funding for CUNY. [Read more]

Dylan Schwartz CD 51 Staten Island
Schwartz is a health care and LGBTQ activist who was born and raised in this district. Returning to SI to care for his terminally-ill mother, he established a medical marijuana business and serves as executive director of the Richmond County Democratic Party. If elected, Dylan will be an effective advocate for CUNY and the PSC. [Read more]

PSC endorsements in Contested Borough President Election

Tom Shcherbenko, Staten Island Borough President
A retired school teacher and union activist, Tom Shcherbenko has long worked in the borough to build a progressive Democratic presence on Staten Island critical to the PSC including local development and the environment. He will be a strong voice for the College of Staten Island and for CUNY. [Read more]

Click here for September 12th NYC Primary Results