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‘Huge Effort Pays Off’ For NYSUT Union Members In New York State Elections 2019

Published Wednesday, November 13, 2019
by Ned Hoskin & NYSUT Legislative Staff
‘Huge Effort Pays Off’ For NYSUT Union Members In New York State Elections 2019

(ACROSS THE STATE OF NEW YORK) - In the early morning hours after the polls on Election night 2019, the New York State United Teachers’ (NYSUT) Leadership Team tweeted thanks to “all who did the right thing at the polls,” and gave a shout out to those who took advantage of the new, NYSUT-backed Early Voting Law.

“Extra special thanks goes to the many candidates who came through NYSUT’s Pipeline training to run for local office,” NYSUT President Andrew Pallotta said. “You truly make a difference!”

NYSUT’s Regional Political Organizers, in collaboration with Field Staff, Political Action Committee (PAC) Coordinators and Retirees, were involved in dozens of races across New York State and elected at least 25 NYSUT Members to office.

Dedicated Union Members and Staff worked vigorously for weeks to help elect Pro-Education Candidates who will work to advance the priorities of the Labor Movement across the state.

Here are some highlights from around New York State:

CAPITAL DISTRICT/NORTH COUNTRY: Second time candidate Matt Miller, the President of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Teachers Association, was elected to the Albany County Legislature.  Miller is a graduate of NYSUT’s Pipeline Training Program and received support from the Albany AFL-CIO Central Labor Council.

NEW YORK CITY: NYSUT Members in New York City saw victories in several priority races.  United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Members worked tirelessly to help elect Melinda Katz in a contested race for Queens County District Attorney.  Other victories included electing Farah Louis to the New York City Council.  The UFT and the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) also assisted in Jumaane Williams victory in the special election for Public Advocate. 

TARRYTOWN/MID-HUDSON: Seven NYSUT Members were elected to various levels of office in the Tarrytown and Mid-Hudson Regions.  Long-time and former local President Ralph Smith was successfully elected to the Putnam Valley Town Council by a five-point margin.  Pat Carroll, an AFT Member, received support from the Clarkstown Teachers Association and their work paid off, as Carroll secured a spot on the Clarkstown Town Board by a comfortable five-point margin.  Three additional victories were graduates of NYSUT’s successful pipeline program: Jenn Puja on her election to the White Plains Common Council; Ruth Walter for Westchester County Legislature; and Virginia Scott in her election to the Cornwall Town Council. 

SYRACUSE/UTICA/VESTAL: United University Professions (UUP) Member Angela Riley was successful in her bid for Binghamton City Council.  Running with the support of the Binghamton Teachers Association, Angela garnered more than 74% of the vote in a decisive victory over her opponent. 

LONG ISLAND: The Faculty Association of Suffolk Community College issued endorsements in 17 county legislative races - 16 of their endorsed candidates were successful, with one race still being too close to call.

ROCHESTER/ELMIRA: The Faculty Association of Monroe Community College was deeply invested in several races for County Legislature.  With a goal of transforming the Monroe County Legislature, they fell one seat short of victory, picking up only two of the three seats needed.  NYSUT Member John Baynes was one of the victors.  The entire Rochester Region mobilized in support of Adam Bello for County Executive and were victorious in electing him.  Bello is the first Democrat to hold the position in nearly 30 years.

WESTERN/SOUTHWESTERN: Western New York NYSUT’s worked tirelessly to elect several NYSUT Members to various levels of office.  NYSUT Board Member Joe Cantafio was elected to the West Seneca Town Council.  The State University of New York (SUNY)/Erie Community College (ECC) Students Deserve Campaign was influential in helping elect NYSUT Member Lisa Chimera to the Erie County Legislature, as well as Kevin Hardwick and John Gilmour.  In Niagara County, NYSUT Members Christopher Robins and Anita Mullane were both elected to the Niagara County Legislature, and Michelle Roman was elected as Lockport Mayor.  For Mullane, the mobilization of 106 NYSUT Members secured her 93-vote margin of victory.

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: www.nysut.org/news/2019/november/huge-effort-pays-off-for-union-members-in-elections-2019

Additional Election Results Are Available On The Board Of Elections Website At: https://nyenr.elections.ny.gov 

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