Into Left Field
Last night Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio was again the darling of the left.
Headlining a Brooklyn fund-raiser for the group New York Communities for Change, Mr. de Blasio was hailed as a progressive hero and the fruit of a more than decade-long battle by labor groups, grassroots organizations and the Working Families Party to crown one of their own.
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.
At National Action Network this morning, from left to right:
New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s Director of Community Affairs, Kirsten Foy [title fixed]; Independent Party strategist Jackie Salit; 1199 SEIU President George Gresham; former Tennessee congressman and semi-Senate candidate in New York, Harold Ford Jr.; AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Lee Saunders; and the city Read More
1199 SEIU, the union representing health care workers, announced their endorsement of Bill de Blasio for public advocate and John Liu for city comptroller.
“It is with great pride and excitement that we endorse two outstanding leaders who are great friends of our union and staunch advocates for working families,” the union’s president, George Gresham, Read More
ALBANY—Labor leaders told Democratic Party officials of concerns they are being overlooked during a meeting today in Kingston.
"It was more a general opportunity to put on the table people's frustrations and feelings that they're, in a sense, taken for granted. I have to say I was somewhat surprised by some of the Read More
Dennis Rivera is taking over a new super-union for national health care workers, leaving the New York-based 1199 SEIU. His replacement is George Gresham, currently the secretary-treasurer .
The major bump up for Rivera comes right when Eliot Spitzer is about to (what’s Hillary’s phrase for this kind of thing?) drop the hammer on Read More