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Stringer wins UFT endorsement for city comptroller

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer greets delegates after they approved Pat Arnow

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer greets delegates after they approved a resolution to endorse him in his run for city comptroller.

Other endorsed candidates

Brooklyn district attorney
Charles Hynes

Manhattan borough president
Robert Jackson

City Council

Borough District Candidate Party
Manhattan 07 Mark Levine D
Manhattan 10 Ydanis Rodriguez D
Bronx 11 Andrew Cohen D
Bronx 18 Annabel Palma D
Queens 32 Eric Ulrich R
Queens 24 Rory Lancman D
Brooklyn 34 Antonio Reynoso D
Brooklyn 45 Jumaane Williams D
Staten Island 49 Debi Rose D

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer received the UFT’s endorsement in his run for city comptroller after an overwhelming vote by the Delegate Assembly on Feb. 6.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew called Stringer “a great candidate who in office will keep the Department of Education in check.”

Delegates also approved the endorsement of 11 other candidates [see box at right].

In recommending that delegates approve the resolution calling for the endorsement, UFT Assistant Secretary Robert Astrowsky said, “people have to understand how important the comptroller’s office is to this union” as a fiduciary check on unbridled mayoral power. Stringer, he said, is “someone who’s always accessible and whom we look to as an ally and friend.”

Astrowsky reminded delegates that, in his 2005 run for borough president, Stringer defeated Eva Moskowitz, a leading charter school entrepreneur and ally of Mayor Bloomberg.

Addressing the delegates, Stringer praised UFT educators as key fighters “in the front line of educating the next generation of kids.”

Stringer, whose mother was a public school teacher, pledged to “run a campaign that celebrates the teachers and children of this city.”

In 2011, Stringer stood with UFT President Michael Mulgrew in calling for a freeze on nonessential DOE consulting contracts. He called the practice “the new political patronage of our time.”

Stringer also authored three key reports on classroom overcrowding and was instrumental in committing the city to build new public schools to relieve overcrowding in the Flatiron District, East Midtown and the Upper East Side.

Stringer is currently unopposed in his bid for the Democratic Party nomination in September, though he will likely face opposition in the November general election.

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