Manhattan legislative reception
UFT President Michael Mulgrew and UFT Manhattan Borough Representative Carl Cambria welcomed elected officials to an Oct. 6 legislative reception, where they thanked Manhattan lawmakers who helped get landmark legislation adopted this year to reduce class sizes in New York City. “We have a lot of challenges in front of us right now,” Mulgrew said, but when people work together, “they do make a difference.” U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine and state lawmakers and City Council members from the borough attended the event at union headquarters, where they mingled with UFT representatives and visited tables to learn about union initiatives including United Community Schools and the UFT Teacher Center. Council Member Shaun Abreu spoke with Broadway League staff about Broadway Bridges, a program that offers $10 tickets for 10th-graders to attend a show, in collaboration with the UFT and the city Department of Education. “I’m glad you are doing this work,” Abreu said, recounting how meaningful it was for him to see Broadway’s “In the Heights” when he was in high school.