Political/Transit- Transport Workers Endorse in City Council Races- Politicker

Posted: May 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

May 28, 2013

As the campaign season rumbles towards the September 10 primary date, unions are placing their thumb on the scale in an attempt to elect candidates sympathetic to their interests. Accordingly, the Transport Workers Union Local 100, comprising 38,000 bus and subway employees, released a wide range of endorsements today for City Council races across the five boroughs.

“TWU Local 100 is proud to announce our support for candidates who are the strongest Public Transportation and Labor candidates in their respective races,” union president John Samuelsen said in a statement. “Every candidate was carefully screened by a team of Union officers and staff, and each person we are supporting demonstrated great knowledge and commitment to working with our union to improve public transit in New York.”

Mr. Samuelsen added, “TWU Local 100 will do everything we can to get them elected.”

The TWU endorsement list, which can be viewed in full below, contains many incumbents and Council hopefuls who have already coalesced the majority of other labor endorsements. There are some exceptions, however. For example, differing with the labor-backed Working Families Party, TWU threw support to Upper East Side candidate Ben Kallos over Assemblyman Micah Kellner, Brooklyn incumbent Sara Gonzalez over challenger Carlos Menchaca and Yetta Kurland over Corey Johnson for the Manhattan race to replace Speaker Christine Quinn.

The union is currently silent in three races as well: Councilwoman Margaret Chin’s re-election bid and the open-seat contests for outgoing Council members Gale Brewer and Oliver Koppell.

View the full list:

District 2: Rosie Mendez

District 3: Yetta Kurland

District 4: Daniel Garodnick

District 5: Benjamin Kallos

District 7: Mark Levine

District 8: Melissa Mark-Viverito

District 9: Inez Dickens

District 10: Ydanis Rodriguez

District 12: Andy King

District 13: James Vacca

District 14: Fernando Cabrera

District 15: Ritchie Torres

District 16: Vanessa Gibson

District 18: Annabel Palma

District 19: Austin Shafran

District 21: Julissa Ferreras

District 22: Costa Constantinides

District 23: Mark Weprin

District 24: Rory Lancman

District 25: Daniel Dromm

District 26: Jimmy Van Bramer

District 27: Daneek Miller

District 29: Karen Koslowitz

District 30: Elizabeth Crowley

District 31: Donovan Richards

District 32: Eric Ulrich

District 34: Antonio Reynoso

District 35: Laurie Cumbo

District 36: Robert Cornegy Jr.

District 37: Rafael Espinal

District 38: Sara Gonzalez

District 39: Brad Lander

District 40: Mathieu Eugene

District 41: Darlene Mealy

District 42: Inez Barron

District 43: Vincent Gentile

District 45: Jumaane Williams

District 46: Alan Maisel

District 47: Mark Treyger

District 48: Ari Kagan

District 49: Debi Rose

via Transport Workers Endorse in City Council Races | Politicker.

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