32BJ SEIU Endorses Tish James for NYC Public Advocate

First major endorsement of campaign season goes to James, who is running for Public Advocate after successful tenure as City Councilwoman from Brooklyn

March 12, 2013 (New York, NY) – Councilwoman Letitia “Tish” James’ campaign announced that she has earned the endorsement of 32BJ SEIU, one of the most influential labor unions in New York, in her bid for Public Advocate. The announcement marks the first major endorsement of the campaign season and a significant show of support for James, who currently serves as a City Councilwoman from Brooklyn.


“I am honored to earn the support of 32BJ SEIU, a great union whose members are a crucial part of the larger labor movement that has built our city. I am running for Public Advocate because New York’s working men and women need a strong voice fighting for them in government,” said James. “As a City Council member I have led the way on passage of the Safe Housing Act which helps improve conditions for tenants in some of the toughest buildings, fought to improve our schools, preventing cuts to after-school programs, and worked to bring good-paying jobs to our city. I’ll be a Public Advocate with the same passion and vision who will fight for New Yorkers from every part of our great city.”


In announcing the endorsement, Hector Figueroa, president of 32BJ SEIU said: “For years, Tish James has demonstrated a deep commitment to the working people of our city. She has worked hard to help improve the lives not only of our 70,000 members in New York City but for all working families in New York. In addition, she has strongly supported initiatives to improve our transportation and educational systems through her committee work."


A Brooklyn native, Tish James has been a long-time public servant. Prior to being elected City Councilwoman in 2003, James was a top-level aide to members of the State Assembly, where she played a crucial role in bringing resources to some of New York’s most vulnerable communities. In the City Council, James has been an outspoken advocate for economic and social justice.


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