Fresh off primary victories, NYSUT backs candidates who speak for working people

New York State United Teachers today endorsed six candidates for state Senate who will be champions for public education and labor, while giving new voice to the hopes and dreams of working people.

NYSUT’s Board of Directors, meeting in Albany this weekend, voted to endorse former New York City Comptroller John Liu in the 11th Senate District; former union organizer Jessica Ramos in the 13th Senate District; activist Julia Salazar in the 18th Senate District; former New York City Councilman and education activist Robert Jackson in the 31st Senate District; former Hillary Clinton staffer Alessandra Biaggi in the 34th Senate District, and educator and environmentalist Rachel May in the 53rd Senate District.

“Ordinary working people came out in force to vote in the primaries. They delivered a loud and clear message to Albany: It’s time for the people who teach in our schools; keep our streets safe; and who care deeply about runaway college debt, affordable housing, decent health care for all and the environment to have a real voice in New York State,” said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta. “These progressive candidates are the real deal. They represent the coming wave of fighters for public education and organized labor. Today, we are proud to endorse the candidates of working people and will work hard to ensure they are victorious in November.”

NYSUT had previously endorsed a host of successful candidates in Thursday’s Senate primary voting, including Zellnor Myrie in the 20th Senate District, Andrew Gounardes in the 22nd Senate District and Jennifer Metzger in the 42nd Senate District.

NYSUT also endorsed Taylor Raynor for the 18th Assembly District, Catalina Cruz in the 39th Assembly District and Jonathan Jacobson in the 104th Assembly District.


New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

Alessandra Biaggi