NYSUT Endorses Buffalo Senator Marc Panepinto, Says Panepinto Is An “Outspoken Champion Of What Students And Educators Need” And “A ‘Lion’ In Fighting For What Working New Yorkers ‘Need’ To Climb The Economic Ladder.”
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union has issued an early endorsement of Buffalo Senator Marc Panepinto and backed Jaime Williams and Yuh-Line Niou for the State Assembly in the April 19th special election.
The 600,000-plus Member Union’s Board of Directors voted to make the early endorsement of Panepinto at a meeting this past weekend, saying the freshman senator is a strong supporter of Public Education and Organized Labor and is the “clear choice” of NYSUT members in his Senate district.
“Marc Panepinto has been an ‘outspoken champion’ of what students and educators ‘need’ in his Buffalo-area district and a ‘lion’ in fighting for what working New Yorkers ‘need to climb’ the economic ladder,” NYSUT President Karen Magee said. “Our members in New York City, too, have full confidence that Jaime Williams in the (59th) Assembly District and Yuh-Line Niou in the (65th) Assembly District will ‘continue to fight’ for public schools and Labor in the State Assembly.”
NYSUT Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta said Panepinto has built bridges to parents and Educators in the 60th Senate District after a hard-fought victory in 2014.
“Senator Panepinto has been a ‘relentless foe’ of over-testing and a ‘vocal advocate’ for the policies and resources that educators ‘need’ – ‘and parents want’ - in order to ‘continue to move’ our public schools and colleges in the ‘right direction,’” he said. “We are excited to endorse Senator Panepinto again and ‘look forward’ to ‘fighting alongside him’ for students from pre=kindergarten through post-graduate school.”
Pallotta noted that Niou is experienced in Albany, working as Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Ronald Kim, and has the “knowledge and skills” to fill the Assembly seat formerly held by Sheldon Silver. He said Niou and Williams, also an Assembly staff member, have impressed NYSUT Members with their knowledge of education issues and their support for public education.
Pallotta said volunteers will now begin working to elect Niou and Williams in the April 19th special election.
Pallotta said the early endorsement of Panepinto and the Union’s backing of Williams and Niou will bring hundreds of volunteers to phone bank, hand out literature and work on campaigns, as well as financial support to help defray the cost of running for office.
NYSUT will hold its regular endorsement conference in August.
New York State United Teachers is a Statewide Union with more than 600,000 Members in Education, Human Services and Health Care.
NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the National Education Association (NEA) and the AFL-CIO.
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