WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—32BJ SEIU members in New York have announced their endorsement of Shelley Mayer for the New York State Senate in the 37th District. A special election has been called for the district after the sitting senator, George Latimer, won election in November as Westchester County Executive. The following statement may be attributed to John Santos, Vice-President of 32BJ SEIU and Hudson Valley District Leader.
“We are very proud today to endorse Shelley Mayer to continue the progressive tradition of George Latimer in the New York State Senate. As a New York State Assembleymember, Shelley Mayer has been an outspoken advocate for the rights of working people, of immigrants and of public school students, making her an ideal candidate to promote and protect the well-being of the diverse constituency in this Hudson Valley district.
“Our hard-working janitors, superintendents, and other building service workers know that Shelley Mayer would support them with passion and conviction in the New York State Senate. Assembleymember Mayer has proven herself a champion for working people in the crucial fights to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, provide paid leave, defend prevailing wage standards, and protect workers’ fundamental right to organize. For the many immigrants who have helped the district thrive, she has been a staunch proponent of making sure local law enforcement does not become entangled in federal immigration issues and instead promotes trust within immigrant communities to better protect all our residents.
“We wholeheartedly support Assembleymember Mayer and are committed to working toward her victory in the coming special election.”
With more than 163,000 members in 11 states and Washington DC, including over 4,000 in the Hudson Valley, 32BJ is the largest building service workers union in the country