Healthcare Workers’ Union Launches Radio Barrage for Tish James

Councilwoman Tish James.
City Councilwoman Tish James.

With less than a week to go before the runoff election in the public advocate’s race, 1199 SEIU is dropping $150,000 on radio ads in support of Councilwoman Tish James.

The sizable purchase comes as the healthcare workers’ union, the largest in the city, looks to play an outsized role in the Democratic primary after successfully backing Bill de Blasio’s mayoral bid. Continue reading “Healthcare Workers’ Union Launches Radio Barrage for Tish James”

George Gresham Basks in Bill de Blasio’s Glow

George Gresham (left) celebrates the endorsement of Bill de Blasio.
George Gresham and Bill de Blasio.

Endorsing Bill de Blasio was a move fraught with risk in May.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was the vaunted front-runner in the mayor’s race, according to the polls. It was widely assumed that former Comptroller Bill Thompson, the only black candidate in the race, would consolidate the minority vote.

But the influential healthcare workers’ union went with Mr. de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, who now stands as the all-but-assured Democratic nominee for mayor. Mr. de Blasio repaid their faith by making potential hospital closures a centerpiece of his campaign: in July, he was even arrested for protesting the closures of two Brooklyn hospitals, a move that gave him needed publicity.

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Melinda Katz Scores 1199 Endorsement

Melinda Katz. (Photo: Katz campaign)
Melinda Katz. (Photo: Katz campaign)

Melinda Katz scored the endorsement of 1199 SEIU today, adding to her bevy of labor support in the race for Queens borough president.

Ms. Katz’s campaign touted the union’s endorsement–they represent more than 200,000 healthcare workers in the city, many black and Latino–as further evidence that crucial minority voters will back her and not her rival, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.  Continue reading “Melinda Katz Scores 1199 Endorsement”

1199 SEIU Endorses Carlos Menchaca and Ritchie Torres

Carlos Menchaca. (Photo: Facebook)
Carlos Menchaca. (Photo: Facebook)

The influential 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers Union weighed in on two City Council races today, boosting Brooklyn’s Carlos Menchaca and the Bronx’s Ritchie Torres, in their bid for office this year.

“Carlos Menchaca has the background, experience, and judgment working people need in the City Council,” Kevin Finnegan, 1199’s political director, said in a statement. “A product of Bronx public housing and Bronx public schools, Ritchie Torres reflects the community he is running to represent in City Hall,” he said in another

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1199 SEIU Endorses Bill de Blasio

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s campaign for mayor got a significant boost Friday, with the endorsement of the city’s largest union: 1199 SEIU.

It is the first major labor endorsement for Mr. de Blasio, who has been aggressively courting unions as he tries position himself as the “progressive alternative” to the race’s early  front-runner, Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

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Marty Golden Lands 1199 Endorsement

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Brooklyn State Senator Marty Golden may be a conservative Republican, but he can still rack up influential union endorsements as he campaigns for reelection against Democrat Andrew Gounardes. To wit, the 200,000 member union SEIU 1199 announced their endorsement of Mr. Golden this morning.

“He has written and passed many important pieces of legislation that have improved and protected the health and well-being of all New Yorkers,” Kevin Finnegan, 1199’s political director, said in a statement. Continue reading “Marty Golden Lands 1199 Endorsement”

The Chatter About Pataki

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As George Patakiand his website — inch closer to formally entering the 2012 GOP race for president, here’s a roundup of what people are saying about him.

Jonathan Capehart remembers that Pataki endorsed Carl Paladino for governor last year, which doesn’t bode very well for that “moderate” and “welcoming” presence some think the former governor brings to the GOP primary. Continue reading “The Chatter About Pataki”