Local 372, the union representing more than 25,000 parent coordinators, crossing guards and other school aides has endorsed Cathy Guerriero for public advocate.
“Cathy’s interview was outstanding. I mean, you very rarely get a standing ovation on any screening. So that was the response of the members,” the union’s president, Santos Crespo Jr., told Politicker this afternoon.
He noted that Ms. Guerriero seemed to have an especially strong familiarity with the members represented by the union, and pointed to her background as an educator and her stance against mayoral control of city schools.
“We need a public advocate who’s going to take on the mayor, no matter who the mayor is,” he added.
While Ms. Guerriero, once considered a long-shot, has been racking up various endorsements, the decision is a bit of a snub for Brooklyn City Councilwoman Letitia James, who has long been an advocate for school workers and has been targeting many of the minority black and Latino women that the union represents.
A spokesman for Ms. James noted, however, that she has the support of a long list of major unions, including the larger DC-37 municipal workers’ union, as well as SEIU 32BJ, TWU Local 100 and CWA 1180. The two are also up against State Senator Daniel Squadron, Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani and civilian police official Sidique Wai.
Local 372, which earned some media attention when it recently erected a giant, blow-up rat outside of Anthony Weiner’s apartment, also announced its endorsement for Ken Thompson in the heated race against incumbent Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes.
“His record is of standing out there. He’s the type of individual that no matter what the issue is, he’s going to side on the side of justice even if he’s standing by himself,” said Mr. Crespo Jr., who pointed to Mr. Thompson’s work representing the maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault.
“I would like to thank the hardworking men and women of Local 372 for their support,” Mr. Thompson said in statement responding to the nod. “As a product of NYC’s public schools, I know that we owe a debt of gratitude to all of the folks who help make this city a better place to live, grow up and raise a family. As Brooklyn D.A., I will stand up for working people by ensuring that our streets are safer and our communities are stronger.”
The union is planning to announce its endorsements in more than a dozen City Council races next week.