District Council 1707 Endorses Tish James for Public Advocate

Tish James Endorsed by DC 1707 in Campaign for Public Advocate


 DC1707 joins growing group of leaders supporting James as her campaign continues to gain momentum

April 17, 2013 (New York, NY) – Today, Councilwoman Letitia “Tish” James’ campaign for New York City Public Advocate announced that James has been endorsed by District Council 1707 as the campaign continues to pick up support from labor and other key leaders across the New York.


DC 1707 is an affiliate of AFSCME – AFL-CIO and comprised of 25,000 members.


“We’ve been proud to work hand in hand with Tish James throughout her career in public service. As a City Councilwoman, Tish has led the fight for workers’ rights, specifically, standing up for those who provide direct care to New Yorkers,” said Raglan George, Jr. Executive Director of DC 1707. “She has consistently and passionately fought to preserve funding for center-based child care programs, supported tenants by passing the Safe Housing Act, and brought much needed accountability to powerful corporate interests. We are thrilled to endorse Councilwoman Tish James for Public Advocate and look forward to engaging our members and all New Yorkers to help get Tish elected.”


DC 1707 represents non-profit and social service employees including workers at Head Start Day Care, social service agencies, homecare, nonprofit agencies like Jewish Philanthropy and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.


“I’m honored to earn the endorsement of DC 1707 whose members include some of the most passionate and committed workers in New York. Our campaign continues to receive support from progressive New Yorkers who want a Public Advocate with a track record of fighting for middle-class and working-class families. As a City Councilwoman, I’ve done just that, championing economic and social justice issues and making sure our city works for all New Yorkers, not just the wealthy and the well-connected. I’ve stood up against unfair budget cuts, demanded that large developments include community participation and result in real jobs, and worked to improve our schools and neighborhoods. I’ll bring the same passion to the Office of the Public Advocate work hard on behalf of every single New Yorker.”


In addition to DC 1707, Tish James has now been endorsed by SEIU 32BJ, CWA 1180, UAW, and numerous elected officials including fellow Councilmembers Maria del Carmen Arroyo, Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Sara Gonzalez.


About Tish James: 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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