September 5, 2012 : PRESS RELEASE
New York, NY—Today the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 released their endorsements for open seats in the upcoming New York State Democratic Primary Elections. In Queens, TWU Local 100 is backing Jerry Iannece in the 25thAssembly District and Ron Kim in the 40th Assembly District. In Manhattan, TWU Local 100 is supporting Brad Hoylman for Senate in the 27th District.
TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen said, “On behalf of the TWU Local 100 membership, I am proud to announce our union’s support of Jerry Iannece, Ron Kim, and Brad Hoylman. These outstanding candidates possess progressive leadership skills, a wealth of experiences, and the balanced knowledge needed to serve our working-class communities in the State Legislature. Most importantly, they are dedicated to restoring transit cuts, fighting the fare hikes, and bringing about critical infrastructure and service improvements in our transit system.”
“I am honored to have been endorsed by TWU Local 100,” said Jerry Iannece, candidate for the 25th Assembly District, which encompasses Bayside, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, and parts of Flushing. “This is a great union with a storied history of activism. I was honored to stand with them against the transit cuts and I look forward to standing with them again in Albany to restore all our transit services. A healthy transit system is essential to the continued viability and growth of New York City. As an Assemblyman, I will fight to ensure that our transit system remains the best in the world.”
“Transportation in the 40th Assembly District is one of the most important issues facing our community,” said Ron Kim, who is vying to represent the communities of Flushing and Whitestone. “I am so proud to accept the endorsement of TWU Local 100 so that we can work together at the State level to address service cutbacks, congestion and infrastructure repair in a systematic way that benefits the entirety of my district, including those transportation workers and their families who live in this district.”
Brad Hoylman, longtime Greenwich Village community activist and Democratic District Leader, said, “I am honored to have the endorsement of TWU Local 100. Transportation workers are the backbone of our city’s infrastructure; they’re the ones who make our city run. If I’m elected, I will look forward to working closely with TWU Local 100 and being their voice in Albany.”
The Transport Workers Union Local 100 is the nation’s largest transportation union, representing 38,000 active members employed by MTA New York City Transit and private bus companies in Queens and Westchester.