ASTORIA – Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris proudly announced his endorsement by the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) on May 18. The state’s largest union of nurses, NYSNA represents more than 42,000 frontline nurses providing essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“New York’s nurses are on the frontlines of this pandemic and I am honored to stand with them as we fight for the protective equipment and good working conditions they need and deserve at this moment in history,” said Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris. “I am humbled to receive NYSNA’s endorsement and pledge to continue fighting for the needs of our nurses.”
“NYSNA is proud to endorse Michael Gianaris in NY's 12th State Senate District,” said NYSNA President Judy Sheridan Gonzalez, RN. “We appreciate Mike's leadership on behalf of working New Yorkers, especially through the COVID-19 pandemic. From advocating for nurses and essential workers, to healthcare justice, to housing justice, we know Mike will continue to fight for us in Albany.”
Senator Gianaris has been providing aid to frontline workers during the covid-19 pandemic, including passing more than $40 million in emergency relief earlier this year. He has ensured area hospitals have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment for all its nursing staff.
Since launching his re-election campaign, Senator Gianaris has been endorsed by a range of organizations representing working people. In addition to the Nurses Association, he is supported by the Sanitation Workers Union, 1199 SEIU, SEIU 32BJ, NY Hotel Trades Council, CWA, NASW-PACE, Public Employees Federation, RWDSU, and the Working Families Party. He is also endorsed by Make the Road Action, Tenants PAC, the New York Immigration Coalition, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Stonewall Democrats.
The New York State Nurses Association is a union of 42,000 frontline nurses standing for workplace protections and better healthcare for all. They are New York's largest union and professional association for registered nurses. For more information, visit www.nysna.org.
Gianaris announced on May 20 the support of longtime Astoria Houses Tenant Association Leader Claudia Coger for his re-election campaign.
“Claudia Coger is an indefatigable force in our community and I appreciate her ongoing support,” said Gianaris. “I look forward to doing even more work together for the residents of NYCHA and western Queens.”
In a letter to the editor published in this week’s Queens Gazette, Ms. Coger highlighted her longtime relationship with the Senator and his commitment to western Queens as the reason for her support.
“In difficult times, we are reliant on our families, our faith, the people in our community we know we can count on. One of those people is Senator Michael Gianaris – our community’s champion in state government. He will rise to the challenges we face and never stop fighting for us,” said Astoria Houses Tenant Association President Claudia Coger.
More information about Sen. Michael Gianaris is available online: https://www.mikegianaris.com.