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Union endorsements for June 22 Primary election

Queens City Council candidates

Austin Shafran (District 19)

Austin Shafran’s wide range of experience in finance and public service on the federal and city levels makes him uniquely qualified to serve on the City Council. His priorities for the district include universal daycare, education, services for seniors, economic development and employment assistance, and property tax relief for families and businesses.

Sandra Ung (District 20)

Sandra Ung is currently the Special Assistant to Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) and sits on the Flushing YMCA’s Board of Managers. She is an attorney and advocate who works tirelessly to serve the community and advance women’s issues and youth development. Ung’s priorities for the district include diversity and language access, family care for children and seniors, and COVID-19 recovery for families and small businesses.

Francisco Moya (District 21)

Francisco Moya was elected in 2017 to represent District 21 on the City Council. He is a former New York State Assembly member who represented Queens for seven years. He is friend of DC 37 and a champion of working families. His record includes passing legislation that preserves unions, improves workplace safety, and protects workers’ rights. Moya’s priorities for the district include COVID-19 recovery for families and small businesses, immigration, and education.

Tiffany Cabán (District 22)

Attorney Tiffany Cabán’s career as a public defender led her to run for the City Council. An advocate for her community, she uses the law to help New York City’s most vulnerable residents. Her passion for justice amplifies her desire to achieve real progress and change in City Hall. Her priorities for the district include criminal justice reform, education, and housing.

James Gennaro (District 24)

James F. Gennaro is seeking to reclaim the City Council seat representing the 25th District where he served 11 years from 2002 to 2013. As a Councilmember, he chaired the Environmental Protection Committee. In 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed him Deputy Commissioner for New York City Sustainability and Resiliency at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Through his career, Gennaro proved to be dedicated to the community, labor, and all New Yorkers. His priorities for the district include COVID-19 recovery, quality of life, and environmental protection. Gennaro will be a tireless advocate for equity and opportunity. The union is counting on him for the bold action needed to shape the future of our City.

Shekar Krishnan (District 25)

Shekar Krishnan is a relentless advocate for justice and equality for those most often neglected by government. In his Elmhurst and Jackson Heights neighborhoods, he is forging community partnerships through Friends of Diversity Plaza, which he co-founded. Shekar’s priorities for the district include affordable housing, immigration, and public safety.

Amit Bagga (District 26)

Inspired by his belief that the people of Queens deserve new opportunities, dignity, and power, Amit Bagga is running for City Council to represent the 26th District. His priorities include healthcare, affordable housing, sustainable green jobs, immigration, and public schools.

Nantasha Williams (District 27)

A well-established community leader, social justice advocate, and political organizer, Nantasha Williams is committed to bringing real change in her community. Her mission is to serve the residents of her hometown, Southeast Queens, by focusing on an agenda based on real reform. Her priorities include economic development, public safety and criminal justice reform, and education.

Adrienne Adams (District 28)

Adrienne Adams is the current Chair of the NYC Council Committee on Public Safety. Council member Adams is a life-long resident of Queens and an advocate and leader in the City Council. She has helped pass legislation that advances labor, working families, and DC 37’s membership. Her priorities for the district include COVID-19 recovery, public safety, and education.

Lynn Schulman (District 29)

Lynn Schulman is a long-time community advocate and LGBTQ activist. She has decades of leadership advancing issues such as access to health care and social safety net services with the City Council. Schulman is running for City Council because she has vision and a desire to bring about the changes that Queens residents need. Her priorities for the district include health care, education, and transportation.

Juan Ardilla (District 30)

Juan Ardila’s vision for District 30 puts people first. As a civil servant, he is working for the community by helping underserved and at-risk residents obtain much-needed social services. His priorities for the district include affordable housing, universal pre-K and 3-K, public education, immigration services, and transportation.

Selvena Brooks-Powers (District 31)

A lifelong resident of Queens and winner of the February 2021 Special Election, Selvena Brooks-Powers is a powerhouse in the 31st District. Already navigating the NYC Council as a member, her priorities for the district include access to health care, affordable housing and community development.

Felicia Singh (District 32)

Felicia Singh is an educator and lifelong resident of Queens. She is committed to empowering communities and bringing progressive change to the City of New York. Her priorities for the district include 3-K, pre-K, and early childhood education, public schools, CUNY, climate justice, environmental resiliency, and transportation.