Yonkers, NY, October 5, 2010 — “It comes as no great surprise that the head of the Yonkers teachers union (Yonkers Federation of Teachers – YFT) has endorsed the reelection of a 16-year incumbent and career politician in the race to represent Yonkers in the New York State Assembly. The unfortunate reality is that union leaders benefit by protecting the status quo of tenure, inflated pensions and union rule-making. The corrupt culture of Albany is one where excessive spending thrives – and union leaders do not want to rock that boat.
“As a former elementary school teacher, I know what reforms are necessary to help our children, and I know that the unions fight against those reforms every day. There are great teachers in Yonkers who have to work against the tide because their classrooms are not a priority to our current legislators. The children of Yonkers deserve to have an assemblyman fighting for them, not one who places more value on securing the endorsement of a union leader than they do on the future of our children.
“The only endorsements that truly matter are those of the Yonkers taxpayers and struggling families who will vote on Election Day. Those are the endorsements I seek and the only people I will be answerable to once I am in office.”