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September 14, 2017

Rudy Orozco
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DC 37’s activists’ work pivotal in several Primary election victories

New York, N.Y. — DC 37’s activism helped determine the winners in the Democratic Primary elections earlier this week, union officials said today.

“We targeted districts with high density DC 37 membership, communities where literally thousands of DC 37 members live,” said DC 37 Political Action Director Jeremy John. Those areas include southeast Queens, central Brooklyn and northern Manhattan/the Bronx.

Union officials say an army of more than 200 DC 37 activists, volunteers and leaders began making phone calls and knocking on doors in July and helped provide the margin of victory for Mayor de Blasio, Public Advocate Letitia James and numerous City Council candidates, in particular:

  • Francisco Moya, District 21 (Queens)
  • Adrienne Adams, District 28 (Queens)
  • Alicka Samuel, District 41 (Brooklyn)
  • Diana Ayala, District 8 (upper Manhattan/Bronx)

“These victories confirm our union’s commitment to fortifying our political operation and supporting our legislative agenda at City Hall,” said John. “During the past three years, we have made progress on issues that are vital to working families – reducing inequality, raising wages, increasing affordable housing and improving access to quality education for all. But there is much more to do, and we need to elect officials who will not waver in support of working families and our agenda. The union will continue to work tirelessly for all of our candidates, local and citywide, as well as getting our members to the polls to oppose the proposed Constitutional Convention ballot question in November.”

District Council 37 is New York City's largest public employee union, with 125,000 members and 50,000 retirees.