YONKERS, NY — September 4, 2015 — Piedad Abreu has gained the support and endorsement of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East in her bid to unseat the incumbent to represent the Westchester County Board’s 17th Legislative District.
“It is time that the residents of southwest Yonkers had a County Legislator who is willing and able to serve the needs of the district,” said Abreu. “The leadership and members of 1199SEIU understand the importance of having elected leaders ready to stand up for working families, good paying jobs and programs for residents who need our help. I am ready to meet that challenge, and am truly grateful for the union’s support. having 1199SEIU on my team will certainly make a big difference in the campaign to give our residents a real voice on the County Board of Legislators.”
Abreu, who has lived in southwest Yonkers for twenty-three years, is competing in a Democratic primary race against incumbent Virginia Perez. In May, Abreu was endorsed by the Yonkers Democratic City Committee at a mini-convention in which Perez failed to attend. Since then, Abreu has won endorsements from the Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body and Civil Service Employee Association Locals 860 and 9169.
Maria Kercado, 199SEIU Executive Vice President in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, said, “Piedad, along with all of our endorsed candidates, is a supporter of the Fight for Fifteen. Piedad understands that thousands of healthcare workers who are the key to the new healthcare economy—home health aides, home attendants and nursing home workers, all care for the frail and elderly—deserve at least $15 an hour.”
“Piedad is a community leader with a commitment to standing up for Yonkers families,” said Kevin Finnegan, 1199SEIU’s Political Director. “We look forward to working with her and the slate of 1199-endorsed Yonkers candidates in our efforts to advance quality patient care, stable living wage jobs and affordable communities.”
In addition to the door-to-door canvassing program, almost two thousand 1199SEIU members in Yonkers are receiving mailers, phone calls, emails and text messages that discuss the records and positions of the union’s endorsed candidates. They are also being reminded that Primary Election Day is on a Thursday this year—September 10.
SOURCE: Campaign Press Notice