32BJ Members Announce Endorsements for NYC Special Elections
NEW YORK– 32BJ announced today that its members have endorsed three NYC candidates in the April 24th Special Election for the New York State Assembly: Aridia Espinal to represent District 39 in Queens, Harvey Epstein to represent District 84 in Manhattan and Nathalia Fernandez to represent District 80 in the Bronx.
“Our members endorsed these candidates because of their track record standing up for working families in their communities and across New York City,” said 32BJ President Hector Figueroa. “We will work with them in the State Assembly to ensure they continue to fight for workers, for immigrants and for vulnerable communities that need a voice in Albany.”
32BJ members endorsed Aridia Espinal for the 39th Assembly District in Queens because of her roots in the community and her commitment to workers’ rights. As a staffer for Assembly Member Francisco Moya, who previously held the seat until he won a seat on the New York City Council, she was an advocate for the $15 minimum wage and Paid Family Leave, both of which are now bringing more economic security to working New Yorkers. She also advocated for increased protections for immigrant communities– as threats by the federal government have mounted – including the Dream Act and the Liberty Act.
32BJ members endorsed Harvey Epstein for the 84th Assembly District in Manhattan based on his more than 20 years of fighting for economic and social justice for working families in NYC. His work and advocacy has focused on economic development and affordable housing for New Yorkers, including successfully advocating for rent freezes, creating legal protections for tenants facing harassment, and expanding language access for immigrants. He served on Community Board 3 for 14 years, and has been the Director of the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center for the past 10 years.
32BJ members endorsed Nathalia Fernandez for the 80th Assembly District in the Bronx because of her advocacy in the Bronx for working families and immigrants. She most recently served as chief of staff for Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj’s, who previously held the seat until he was elected to the NYC Council, and has fought for union rights, strong wages and benefits for workers, and immigrants’ rights. She is committed to helping those in her district and fighting back against the federal government’s threats to workers and immigrants.
The governor has called for a special election to fill 11 vacant seats in the New York state legislature on Tuesday, April 24th. 32BJ members previously announced their endorsement of Shelley Mayer to represent Senate District 37 in Westchester and Luis Sepulveda to represent District 32 in the Bronx in the State Senate.