NEW YORK—The executive board of 32BJ SEIU has endorsed Domenic Recchia and Kathleen Rice for Congress. Recchia is running in the 11th district, which includes Staten Island and part of South Brooklyn. Rice is running for an open seat in the 4th district, which includes southern and central Nassau County on Long Island.
“We believe Domenic Recchia would be a strong advocate in Congress for working families,” said Hector Figueroa, president of 32BJ SEIU. “His record in the City Council shows his commitment to creating and maintaining good jobs and ensuring that New York continues to improve access to quality education and affordable housing. “
As a City Councilman, Recchia fought to save jobs in our public schools when the budget cuts threatened to reduce services and increase class size. After Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the city, Recchia fought to make sure Brooklyn and Staten Island were rebuilt, even as the Republican leadership in the House held back funds.
Recchia has advocated for raising the minimum wage and has tried to use government to lift up all communities, especially those that have been left behind.
As District Attorney in Nassau County, Rice has shown the ability to both keep communities safe while also protecting residents’ civil rights.
“We believe Kathleen Rice will help lead the fight in Congress for safe communities and good jobs that can support a family,” said Hector Figueroa, president of 32BJ SEIU. “Her commitment to raising the minimum wage and making education accessible for young people means that the interests of working families would be well represented in Washington. “
As District Attorney, Rice has used traditional methods to combat crime as well as progressive measures to prevent them. She made sure that job training and education was available where appropriate, and launched a robust program to curb drunk driving as well as alcohol and drug addiction.
Rice has been a strong supporter of reducing student debt and making college more affordable so that higher education is accessible to all young people. She also supports raising the minimum wage and protecting our seniors by maintaining Medicare and Social Security benefits.
32BJ will mobilize its members on Long Island, Staten Island and in South Brooklyn to canvass and get out the vote for Recchia and for Rice. The union will also be phone banking, producing mailings and distributing leaflets to help educate the communities on these important races.
With more than 145,000 members, including 75,000 in New York, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service union in the country.