A real recovery in NYC needs real and progressive leadership. These candidates are endorsed by NYC educators and have demonstrated their commitment to fighting for our teachers, students, and communities. Electing them will protect and uplift all working New Yorkers.
Corey Johnson for City Comptroller
Corey Johnson entered public service as an activist at age 19 and has earned a reputation as a tenacious advocate for all New Yorkers throughout his career. Growing up in public housing and instilled with the values of community service and political engagement from a young age, Corey Johnson was first elected to the City Council in 2013, and has served as Speaker since 2017, becoming the first openly gay man to lead the City Council. Under Johnson’s leadership, the Council delivered on-time and balanced budgets three years in a row and created a new Oversight & Investigations division, conducting hundreds of oversight hearings into every facet of New York governance like NYCHA, the MTA, and more.
Now, as City Comptroller, Corey Johnson will serve the people of New York by prioritizing:
Investing in Our Post-COVID Economic Recovery, Especially in Our Hardest-Hit Communities
Supporting Small Businesses
Building Affordable Housing
Creating Good Jobs & Green Infrastructure
Providing Aggressive, Impactful Oversight of the City & Greater Accountability for All New Yorkers
As a life-long New Yorker, Vanessa Gibson has spent the past two decades fighting for the people of the Bronx. She ascended the ranks of the borough's public offices, and was elected to NY State Assembly for the Bronx's 77th district and to City Council - becoming the first person of color and first woman to chair the Council's Committee on Public Safety.
Along the way, she has fought for key issues facing her constituents:
Public and Higher Education
Senior and Youth Services
Vanessa Gibson has had a lifelong commitment to issues of equity and accessibility for residents of the Bronx, and as Bronx Borough President promises to continue and strengthen that commitment.
Eric Dinowitz was born, raised and is now raising a family of his own in The Bronx. He's not only a product of Bronx public schools - he has also spent 13 years as a special education teacher. As an educator, Chapter Leader within the United Federation of Teachers, and a chair of the Aging Committee on Community Board 8, he continues to advocate for:
Accessibility and Support for Senior Citizens
Equality for All
Eric Dinowitz will continue to fight for and deliver progressive change for the Bronx's District 11 Council.
Ischia Bravo is a lifelong resident of the Bronx who understands the importance of quality, equitable housing because she is a product of the public housing system. Growing up, working multiple jobs to support herself and her grandmother, she earned her GED and graduated from John Jay College. While Executive Director of the Bronx Democratic County Committee, she revitalized the Bronx Young Democrats organization - helping to cultivate the Bronx's next generation of leaders. As District Manager for Bronx Community Board 7, she fights for key community issues:
Affordable and Accessible Housing
Support for Small Business
Access to Healthcare
Ischia Bravo believes that elected officials should be living in the neighborhoods they represent - and is ready to deliver progressive change for the Bronx's District 15.
Julie Menin's impressive career in law and public service has led her to become a champion of women running for elected office - serving on the board of the Women's Campaign Fund and helping to launch We Should Run. As the chair of Manhattan Community Board 1, she was widely credited with helping lead Lower Manhattan's resurgence after 9/11. As Commissioner of Media and Entertainment for NYC, she began the first ever women's film fund for the City, supported job training programs to increase gender equity in film, and introduced a slate of women's programming to the city's TV channels. As the 2020 NYC Census Director, she helped NYC beat out almost every other major city in census participation levels.
With a commitment to increasing representation for the underrepresented, Julie Menin is ready to lead Manhattan's District 5 in City Council, with a commitment to fight for:
Lynn Schulman has a track record for fighting for progressive causes - from her career as an attorney defending causes of good government, private industry and social non-profits to serving on the City Council, championing the issues of health care, social services and strengthening community. For over 20 years, Lynn has served as a Vice-Chair of Community Board 6 in Forest Hills. As an appointed member of the Community Education Council for District 28, she focused her efforts on combatting school bullying, increasing students access to arts and music programs, and enhancing education opportunities for the youth of NYC's public schools.
The neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, and Rego Park are facing public health, economic and social justice challenges like never before. But Lynn Schulman has the experience, and relationship to the communities, to deliver the progressive results that District 29 needs:
Jenny Low immigrated from China to NYC at just 12 years old. She learned English in NYC's public schools and eventually graduated from Yale University. Jenny has served over 30 years on the Board of Chinese-American Planning Council, one of the country's largest Asian-American non-profit multi-social service agencies. When COVID-19 hit NYC, she volunteered with Rethink Food NYC, delivering over 900,000 free meals to homebound seniors and those in need in the Chinatown and LES area.
Jenny Low believes in making sure our most vulnerable are properly cared for. She's ready to continue that philosophy in City Council for Manhattan's District 1, fighting for:
A third-generation New Yorker born in the Bronx, Julia Forman has always been involved in her community, while also serving for 7 years as an attorney in the Bronx's District Attorney's office, practicing in both criminal and civil law. She serves as a board member of the Dutch Kills Civic Association and Treasurer of the Western Queens Community Land Trust. When COVID-19 hit her Dutch Kills, she advocated for relief efforts with several organizations across Queens: the Astoria Mutual Aid Network, Sunnyside/Woodside Mutual Aid, and LIC Support. All of her efforts were geared towards making sure harmed community members could find the health and safety resources they needed.
Julia Forman understands the importance of seeing the needs of community and using her voice to amplify them. She looks to do the same in City Council for Queens' District 26, working toward:
Other candidates endorsed by New York City’s educators include:
Council District 20 - Sandra Ung
Council District 23 - Linda Lee
Council District 27 - Nantasha Williams
Council District 32 - Michael Scala
Council District 35 - Crystal Hudson
Council District 39 - Briget Rein
Council District 46 - Shirley Paul
Council District 48 - Steven Saperstein
Council District 49 - Amoy Barnes
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