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Richards endorsed for Queens borough president

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City Council Member Donovan Richards

City Council Member Donovan Richards

The delegates voted on Jan. 15 to endorse City Council Member Donovan Richards for Queens borough president in the special election on March 24.

Eight candidates are competing for the post left vacant when Melinda Katz won election as Queens district attorney in 2019.

Donovan has represented southeast Queens in the City Council since 2013.

Speaking from the floor, UFT Queens Borough Representative Amy Arundell said Richards worked closely with the UFT as a Council member, securing millions of dollars for career and technical education and standing in opposition to a school closure in the borough.

At their prior meeting on Dec. 11, UFT delegates unanimously passed two resolutions. They voted to :

Stand in solidarity with Rochester teachers and their union, the Rochester Teachers Association, in their fight to fend off midyear layoffs.

Urge the U.S. Congress to pass the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which would empower the federal government to negotiate lower drug prices and establish an annual cap on out-of-pocket costs.

Read the full resolutions