October 1, 2013
By Stephanie West
Albany NY — The New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) has announced its endorsement for Democrat Bill de Blasio for mayor of New York City. "There are a number of reasons why Bill de Blasio is the best choice for mayor of America's largest city," said PEF President Susan Kent. "Mr. de Blasio has a proven record to stand up for labor with his advocacy for SUNY Downstate Medical Center to remain a public hospital.
He has a long history of supporting public employees and the services they provide. PEF also has witnessed de Blasio's progressive change for programs such as universal prekindergarten, an investment in the city's future."
Union leaders cited de Blasio's accomplishments as Public Advocate, the city's second-highest elected office. De Blasio dealt with issues such as reforming programs to minimize bureaucracy to better serve middle and working class families. He fought for the release of medical data concerning World Trade Center victims and survivors, and was an influential factor in the passage of the Gender-Based Discrimination Protection Law and the Domestic Partner Recognition Law.
"With his experience stretching from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development to being a City Council member representing diverse Brooklyn neighborhoods, de Blasio has the experience and vision to be a great mayor," Kent said. "PEF is pleased to endorse a candidate with his qualifications and respect for the working man."