August 12, 2017
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – AFSCME District Council 1707 endorsed Mayor Bill de Blasio for a second term at the Medgar Evers Head Start Center in East New York. The Mayor has fulfilled campaign promises to expand community-based child care in the five boroughs. While the gains have not repaired the damage that was caused by the Bloomberg Administration, it has been noted that there have been substantial differences from the previous administration.
“I appreciate that the Mayor has an involved interest in our children. He has expanded Universal Pre-K to care for the city’s children. New York City is leading the nation to understand its necessity for our children and families. We have contracts for our child care locals and we look forward to evening more gains in future,” said DC 1707 President Linda McPherson, a Head Start employee.
The press event was held at the Medgar Evers Head Start in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The backdrop were the children, parents and community activists who demonstrated support for the Mayor and his child care initiatives including Universal Pre-K now expanding to include three year-olds in the Bronx and Brooklyn in a pilot program that begins soon.