The United Federation of Teachers, UFT, have announced their endorsement for the mayoral campaign.
Democrat Bill Thompson, once president of the Board of Education, has received the support of teachers for this election.
The CEO of New York City Charter School Center, James Merriman, expressed, ” Now that the teacher’s union has endorsed a candidate in the Mayor’s race, we hope that New York City public school students and their parents will finally get the honest discussion that has been absent from the stump to date.”
Thompson explained how he understood the concerns of the UFT due to the fact that his mother taught in Brooklyn for thirty years.
Thompson stated, “Let me speak plainly. When I’m Mayor, I’ll fight day and night to help the teachers of New York, because you are critical to the future of New York. … I’ll fight for all working New Yorkers who are struggling to make ends meet, make our city better, and keep our future bright. … I’m running for Mayor to make our city work for and working families in communities like Washington Heights and East New York, Soundview and my childhood home of Bed-Stuy.”
“The last time the union successfully endorsed a winner for mayor was 1989, when it gave its nod to David Dinkins. It sat out every election since, except for 2001, when it endorsed losers in the primary, primary runoff and general election,” writes Newsday .
As for Mayor Bloomberg’s thoughts? He believes voters will be making a huge mistake if they support the union’s decision.
Bloomberg explained, “I don’t know what goes through voters’ minds, but maybe they understand if the UFT wants it, it ain’t good and you don’t want that person,” and continued by saying, “We’d become the laughing stock of the country if we had to roll back everything that has worked so well.”
The primary is scheduled for September 10th. If none of the candidates garner at least 40 percent of the vote, the two highest voted for candidates will face each other in a runoff.