PSC ENDORSEMENTS FOR CITY-WIDE OFFICE
Using Ranked Choice Voting, Union Ranks Dianne Morales #2 for Mayor
Last night (April 15), the 30,000-member Professional Staff Congress (PSC) announced that Scott Stringer is its top choice for New York City Mayor after a ranked-choice endorsement vote by the union’s Delegate Assembly. The faculty and staff union pointed to Stringer’s advocacy for a free and fully funded CUNY education and his record of support for workers’ rights and progressive causes.
Coming days after the current Comptroller was endorsed by the Working Families Party, the PSC endorsement shows growing momentum for Stringer’s campaign and a further consolidation of support for progressive mayoral candidates
PSC delegates voted to support public education leader and non-profit administrator Dianne Morales as their second-ranked candidate. Read more.
“In the city’s current economic crisis, the role of New York City Comptroller has become more vital than ever. Brad Lander is the right person for this tough moment. He will simultaneously safeguard the city’s fiscal health and fight for an economic recovery that repudiates austerity. He understands that an economic crisis that has been devastating to the city’s working class, its poor and its communities of color cannot be solved without visionary investment. He knows that investment in CUNY--a New Deal for CUNY--will be essential to any just and inclusive recovery,” said Barbara Bowen, President of the Professional Staff Congress. “The members of the PSC know Brad and respect him for his consistent progressive work in the City Council, and we are proud to give him our endorsement.”
Lander has been a vocal supporter of fully funding CUNY and restoring tuition-free public higher education for New York City students. He has supported the state legislation for a New Deal for CUNY proposal and has been a vocal supporter of the PSC’s call for rich private universities in the city to pay their fair share to the City for educational needs.
“The PSC is proud to endorse Jumaane Williams for Public Advocate. Jumaane is an outspoken advocate for CUNY and an indefatigable voice for racial and economic justice. As a CUNY graduate himself, he understands how CUNY can change lives. He shares the PSC’s commitment to a fully funded City University for the whole people of New York. PSC members admire his political independence and courage. Especially now, Jumaane Williams is an important political voice in citywide office,” said PSC President Barbara Bowen.
Williams has deep roots with CUNY and with the PSC going back to his days as a student activist at Brooklyn College. He graduated from Brooklyn College with a BA in political science and Masters in urban policy. As a member of the City Council, Williams was a vocal advocate for PSC members, CUNY students and the CUNY community colleges. He was also leader in the Council’s advocacy to end the City’s “stop and frisk” policing policy, a priority for CUNY students and the PSC.
PSC ENDORSEMENTS FOR NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL
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“CUNY’s power to stimulate the economy, change lives and provide economic stability and mobility for communities of color and immigrant communities has never been more critical than it is now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and recession. These six candidates for City Council, our first of the 2021 election cycle, have all shown a commitment to full funding of CUNY and a willingness to be ambitious and creative in their pursuit of increased City funding for the University. PSC members will be proud to help get out the vote for each of them,” said Luke Elliott-Negri, PSC Legislative Representative.
PSC CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENT PROCESS
Candidates for political office are required to submit a questionnaire and be interviewed by the Legislation Committee and all interested members are invited to attend. The Committee meets and votes to recommend candidates to the Executive Council, which votes to affirm the recommendation to NYSUT (for candidates for state office) and the AFT (for candidates for federal office.) In City elections, PSC Executive Council’s vote is final. Candidates interested in seeking the PSC’s endorsement should contact Bettina Damiani (firstname.lastname@example.org).