The Executive Board of Local 802 voted unanimously on Nov. 7 to endorse Public Advocate Mark Green for Mayor of New York City. Green has been a staunch advocate for the rights of labor, increased financing for the entertainment industry, and has fought for the preservation of culture in New York City.
He has also promised to support Local 802’s efforts to prevent any “take-aways” during upcoming contract negotiations. “Theatre, opera and ballet are vital components of the city’s economic future,” Green said in a recent letter to President Bill Moriarity. “The work and professionalism of your members allow millions of New Yorkers and tourists from around the world to experience one of the most dynamic aspects of New York City culture in its many forms.”
“We are urging all members to vote for Mark Green in the Democratic primary on Sept. 11, and to volunteer for political action,” 802 Legislative & Political Director Heather Beaudoin told Allegro.
Green has also won the support of the Working Families Party.
At press time, Local 802 had also endorsed Scott Stringer for Public Advocate, Herb Berman for NYC Comptroller, C. Virginia Fields for Manhattan Borough President, Carol Gresser for Queens Borough President, Ken Fisher for Brooklyn Borough President and Jay O’Donovan for Staten Island Borough President. The local has also endorsed candidates in a number of City Council races.
Members who live in districts where City Council candidates endorsed by Local 802 are running should already have received letters explaining why the union is supporting their candidacies. Beaudoin stressed the importance that volunteers from the union can have in each of these races. 802 members who would like to get involved should call her at (212) 245-4802, ext. 176, for more information.