Praises Strong Support of Public Higher Education, Pledges Vigorous Campaign for Endorsed Candidates
The PSC announced today its endorsement of 44 candidates for NY City Council. The list of endorsees includes seven candidates for hotly contested open Council seats and 37 incumbents.
The union is endorsing candidates it believes will build upon four years of increased funding for CUNY and will take a stand for full funding for CUNY.
In the seven contested races, the union pledged a vigorous campaign, including mailings and phone banks, to help its endorsed candidates. The PSC’s endorsed candidates in contested races include:
- Carlina Rivera, CD2
- Marti Speranza, CD4
- Diana Ayala, CD8
- Marjorie Velazquez, CD13
- Alicka Ampry-Samuel, CD41
- Justin Brannan, CD43
- Dylan Schwartz, CD51
PSC President Barbara Bowen said: “The PSC is proud to make these endorsements. The candidates for open seats have demonstrated that they understand the importance of CUNY to the future of New York City. They are committed to making sure that every New Yorker has access to a top-quality, affordable college education—especially when the communities who rely on CUNY are newly vulnerable because of federal policies. The incumbents we have endorsed are proven advocates for CUNY students, faculty and staff. They have fought to reduce income inequality and to advance progressive policies that benefit the workers and students of CUNY. In partnership with the Mayor, they have made progress on increasing funding for CUNY in four consecutive budgets.”
The union announced its support of Bill de Blasio for reelection in January and also endorses Letitia James for Public Advocate and Scott Stringer for Comptroller. The City-wide officials earned the union’s continued endorsement by being strong supporters of public education, outspoken advocates for union workers, and champions of progressive policies.
PSC’s Executive Council voted to issue the City Council endorsements based upon the recommendation of the union’s Legislation Committee.