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Frustrating Endorsements

August 22, 2014 pm31 11:55 pm

State Senate
11 – UFT ally, John Liu, against Tony Avella who once challenged Bloomberg, but more recently joined the IDC to help Klein and the Republicans steal back the senate that they’d lost
31 – long time friend of public education and the UFT Robert Jackson, against Adriano Espaillat. Espaillat was not supposed to be in this race, but his primary challenge to Charlie Rangel failed
34 – Jeff Klein, head of the IDC, is finally facing a primary

Oliver Koppell vs Jeff Klein (NY State Senate 34. Klein led the IDC)
NYSUT – Klein
AFL/CIO – Klein
de Blasio – Klein
WFP – none

John Liu vs Tony Avella (NY State Senate 11, Avella joined the IDC)
NYSUT – no endorsement
de Blasio – Avella
WFP – none

Robert Jackson vs Adriano Espaillat (NY State Senate 31, Espaillat ran because he lost to Rangel in the primary)
NYSUT – Espaillat
AFL/CIO – no endorsement
de Blasio – not sure – probably no endorsement
WFP – Espaillat

Cuomo vs Teachout
NYSUT – no endorsement
AFL/CIO – no endorsement
de Blasio – Cuomo
WFP – Cuomo


10 Comments leave one →
  1. fportelos permalink
    August 23, 2014 am31 12:21 am 12:21 am

    Who makes these decisions? These political and March for Justice endorsements were made by executive board? The rank and file want to know.


    • August 23, 2014 am31 1:35 am 1:35 am

      Sounds like you want to know. When you say “rank and file” it looks like you are talking for someone else.

      The march decision was made over the summer (earlier this month). There is no summer DA to ratify a resolution, nor a summer Exec Board to pass. I don’t know if AdCom meets – but little matter, since the officers can convene, and probably did in this case.

      The political endorsements listed above were made by the Working Families Party, Bill de Blasio, the New York State AFL-CIO, and NYSUT. The UFT did not make endorsements over the summer. However, last spring they did endorse Adriano Espaillat’s unsuccessful primary challenge to Charlie Rangel. The endorsement was approved by AdCom, then the Executive Board, then the Delegate Assembly.

      • fportelos permalink
        August 23, 2014 am31 1:56 am 1:56 am

        I mean the many members of the UFT who questioned why the endorsement was made.

        So because they endorsed Espaillat’s failed primary it automatically carries over?

        When you say officers convene, you mean just the top brass?

      • fportelos permalink
        August 23, 2014 am31 1:56 am 1:56 am

        I assure you I’m asking for me. Not MORE.

      • fportelos permalink
        August 23, 2014 am31 2:13 am 2:13 am

        Perhaps I misread your reply. I mean teachers really were asking. It was on the news and on Facebook comments.

      • Francesca permalink
        August 23, 2014 am31 11:11 am 11:11 am


        Since we can’t even get a hold of the UFT Charter / by-laws, I’m unsure of policy on this. Is there any reason they could not call an emergency DA over the summer? I assure you, this is not a rhetorical question.

        • August 23, 2014 am31 11:19 am 11:19 am

          Why can’t you get the constitution? And are you writing using two accounts?

          I’m not sure now if you are asking about the march or the endorsements. Please clarify.

  2. August 23, 2014 am31 9:02 am 9:02 am

    Endorsements don’t “carry over.”

    The officers of the UFT are the vice presidents, the president, secretary, treasurer, I’m probably missing someone.

  3. Francesca permalink
    August 23, 2014 am31 11:09 am 11:09 am

    Now, everybody pretend to be shocked that the “Working Families” Party is endorsing a governor who hates working-class families. They make me furious!


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