By MIKE LEE
District Council 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido announced today that the City’s largest municipal labor union is endorsing Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for Mayor of New York City.
Endorsing the Brooklyn Borough President at a morning press conference held at Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica, Queens, Garrido said the endorsement is a culmination of a long process within the union in choosing from 24 candidates running in the Democratic Primary on June 22, including hosting an online Mayoral Forum on Jan. 25.
“We started our screening process with the principle that we need a mayor who understands our values, who understands the importance of essential workers for the City, and who also understands our people are putting their lives on the line right now in order to do their jobs,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido at the March 24 event. “We need a mayor who understands that DC 37 makes this city work and that our workers need to be protected just like everyone else. That mayor is Eric Adams, and DC 37 is proud to endorse him.”
“This is a city made up of workers,” Adams said. “This is not a startup. This is a city where you have to have been a worker. I am you. We need a blue-collar mayor to run a blue-collar city.”
Adams, who was raised in South Jamaica, Queens, and served in the New York Transit Police and with the NYPD, rising to Captain, remains an outspoken activist against police brutality and for criminal justice reform. He also was president of the Grand Council of Guardians and co-founded 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care.
In 2006, Adams was elected to the New York State Senate, representing the 20th District in Brooklyn, and then elected Brooklyn Borough President in 2013.
Adams’ goals as Mayor include a fair and equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has struck the City’s communities of color the hardest. In the process, Adams envisions a future of building an inclusive economy to benefit all New Yorkers with a focus on affordable housing and pushing labor-friendly policies.
This vision is shared by DC 37, which counted on Adams for support during the pandemic when many DC 37 essential workers were unable, and in some cases not allowed by managers, to have PPE, such as masks, while on the job.
On March 24, the union also made endorsements in the following races:
- Comptroller: Corey Johnson
- Public Advocate: Jumaane Williams
- Manhattan Borough President: Mark Levine
- Brooklyn Borough President: Khari Edwards
- Queens Borough President: Donovan Richards
- Bronx Borough President: Vanessa Gibson
- Manhattan District Attorney: Tahanie Aboushi
- Brooklyn District Attorney: Eric Gonzalez
- City Council District 17: Rafael Salamanca
- City Council District 26: Amit Bagga
- City Council District 30: Juan Ardila
- City Council District 42: Charles Barron
- City Council District 44: Kalman Yeger
- City Council District 49: Amoy Barnes