By Florence Mafomemeh
As the NYC democratic mayoral primary race heats up with less than three months to go, candidates are scrambling for high profile nods. Eric Adams, the current Brooklyn Borough President has been raking in big endorsements from unions, organizations and public figures. Clara Thompson and District Council-DC 37, New York City’s largest public sector union, are the latest to back the former NYPD Officer.
Clara Thompson, the mother of late Brooklyn District Attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, and one of the first African-American female cops of the New York City Police Department endorsed The Brooklyn Borough President for Mayor. She called him a “champion” for lower-income and working people. Accepting her endorsement, Adams praised Thompson’s dedication to service in New York City.
“It means so much to have the support of Ms. Thompson, whose invaluable contributions to the fight for racial justice include not only her son’s legacy, but her own as one of the city’s first female cops to walk a beat. Leaders like Ms. Thompson paved the way for the rest of us,” Adams said.
Thompson’s endorsement comes on the heels of DC 37’s endorsement of Adams. In a press release, Henry Garrido, Executive Director of District Council 37, AFSCME said Adams has been a friend of this union since his earliest days in public service. “Labor is in his blood – his mother was a DC 37 member. He’s stood with us at rallies and marched with us at protests. He knows that New York City thrives when its workers thrive. He’s committed to being the blue-collar Mayor and friend of labor our workers deserve,” Garrido said.
The release states that Adams has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to labor, housing and affordability, which are issues critical to the union’s membership. That DC 37, with 150,000 members and 50,000 retirees, represents the largest share of the municipal workforce that the next mayor will inherit.
Reacting to the endorsement, Adams said he is so honored to have the Union’s endorsement, and that it is personal to him as the son of a DC 37 member who knows all too well the struggles of a blue-collar household–a struggle millions of New Yorkers are going through right now.
“I have been fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with working people my entire adult life for better wages, more affordable housing, healthcare and safer streets. Now we have a chance to correct the inequalities of the past and put working people first in this city. It is time that the people who make this city run are the people who run this city,” said the former State Senator.
The union is planning to educate its members and galvanize their large membership base to support Adams and other endorsed candidates.
Meanwhile, women leaders across NYC met on Facebook Live on March 30th where Adams proudly accepted their support for his bid for Mayor.
32BJ SIEU-Service Employees International Union, Hotel Trades Council-HTC, Public Employees Federation-PEF are some of the unions that have also backed Adams.