September 19, 2013
By Stephanie West
New York, NY—– District Council 1707 AFSCME, representing more than 20,000 non-profit social service employees, is endorsing Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. The candidate, a longtime advocate for public child care, was endorsed by the union’s Executive Board.
In a statement released by the District Council 1707 board, “Bill de Blasio represents the best hope that New York Cityhas to leveling the playing field for all New Yorkers. After twelve years of the current administration, it is time that a mayoral administration pays attention to affordable housing, community-based policing, better public schools and quality-of-life issues for working families.”
“We believe it is incumbent on a new administration to reverse the public child care policies of the current administration and focus expanding and rebuilding public center-based child care in New York Citythat Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has repeatedly emphasized during his campaign.”
“We encourage our members and all New Yorkers to believe in the change that a De Blasio Administration can bring for all New Yorkers.”
Executive Director Raglan George, Jr., a longtime child care advocate, echoed the board’s statement by saying that “…Bill de Blasio will keep his word that he can unite this city after it has been torn apart for the past twelve years. I am assured that his public policy changes and his fiscal acumen will move New York Cityforward in a time where we need intelligent and empathetic leadership as it concerns the majority of New Yorkers.”