February 4, 2017
By Stephanie West
New York, NY - The Professional Staff Congress (PSC) has announced its endorsement of Mayor Bill de Blasio for re-election.
The union, which represents 27,000 faculty and professional staff at the City University of New York, is backing de Blasio because of his strong support of public higher education.
PSC President Barbara Bowen said: "Mayor de Blasio came into office promising to fight for universal pre-K, expand the paid sick leave law to cover thousands more workers, and raise the minimum wage for all City employees and contractors. He did that. He has also, with less public attention, increased funding for the City University of New York. And in the weeks since the election of Donald Trump, he has reaffirmed New York's status as a sanctuary city. As CUNY faculty and staff, we understand the vital role public higher education plays in combating income inequality, and we know that increased City funding for CUNY is making a difference. We also understand the urgency of asserting a progressive agenda at this political moment. There is still more to be done, and we will work with Mayor de Blasio to advance a progressive agenda for New York."
Mayor de Blasio has increased funding for CUNY every year he has been in office, including a commitment of tens of millions of dollars for CUNY's celebrated Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) initiative. ASAP has tripled the graduation rate for enrolled community college students.