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ENDORSEMENTS CONTINUE TO ROLL IN FOR CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE TOMMY TORRES!

Police officers’ union backs Torres in the Sept. 12th Democratic Primary!

(September 8, 2017 – Brooklyn, NY) Today, the NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association has endorsed career educator and community activist Tommy Torres for City Council in the 34th District race, the Torres campaign announced Saturday afternoon.

A member of Community Board 1 and the 90th Precinct Community Council, Torres fully understands the critical role police officers play in our city, and recognizes the serious challenges they face on the job, PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said.

“New York City police officers need strong allies in the City Council who will support us in the difficult, dangerous work we do to protect all New Yorkers,” Lynch said. “Tommy Torres has demonstrated a commitment to the issues that are most important to police officers — including fair pay, adequate benefits, and appropriate equipment. We hope that voters in the 34th Council district will recognize his willingness to fight for the women and men who keep our streets safe, and will join us in making sure he can continue that fight in the City Council.”

The PBA represents more than 24,000 police officers in the New York Police Department. The PBA endorsement comes on the heels of Torres’ endorsements from the United Federation of Teachers and the Community Council of Supervisors & Administrators. Those two unions combined represent more than 210,000 current and retired teachers, principals, assistant principals, classroom paraprofessionals, guidance counselors and other school staffers.

The 90th Precinct Community Council serves as a liaison and a conduit for information between the police and the neighborhoods the precinct covers. Council members include residents, clergy, community leaders and business owners.

“It’s vitally important that we continue a dialogue with the police, so they understand the community’s concerns and needs,” Torres said. “It’s also important that we provide police officers with the tools and training they need to fight crime. I proudly accept the nomination from the Pat Lynch and Policemen’s Benevolent Association, and I look forward to working with the union as the City Councilman from the 34th District.”

Other endorsements include: UFT, CSA and DC 37 Local 372.

 

LOCAL 372 SCHOOL SUPPORT SERVICES,  PICK CAREER EDUCATOR TOMMY TORRES FOR CITY COUNCIL![1]

UNION LOCAL 372 ENDORSES TORRES’ CAMPAIGN TO REPRESENT BUSHWICK, WILLIAMSBURG AND RIDGEWOOD IN THE NYC COUNCIL.

(September 7th, 2017 – Brooklyn, NY) The union local 372 representing all school support services and thousands of other city workers has endorsed Tommy Torres for City Council in the 34th District.

Local 372 represents School Aides, School Crossing Guards, Kitchen Staff, Community Titles, Family Workers, Loader/Handlers, SAPIS Counselors, Task Force and HAACP Monitors, as well as other public workers employed by either the Board of Education or NYC Police Department. “WE STAY READY”

“We know Tommy Torres, and we believe he will be an honest and highly effective member of City Council,” Local 372 President Shaun D. Francois I, said. “He has worked alongside our members. As a teacher, assistant principal and volunteer member of the 90th Precinct Community Council. He has our full support.”

Local 372 is part of District Council 37, the largest public employee union in the city. Torres is challenging incumbent Antonio Reynoso in the Sept. 12th Democratic Primary.

“The members of Local 372 provide valuable services to our children and communities,” Torres said. “I’m grateful for their support and endorsement. Together we will improve the quality of life for the residents of Bushwick, Williamsburg and Ridgewood.”

Election Day is Tuesday, September 12th.

 

NYC’S TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS ENDORSE TOMMY TORRES FOR CITY COUNCIL

UFT AND CSA BACK TORRES IN THE 34TH DISTRICT

(September 2, 2017 – Brooklyn, NY) Today, The United Federation of Teachers and the Council of Supervisors & Administrators – representing more than 210,000 active and retired educators combined – have endorsed Tommy Torres for City Council in the 34th District, Torres’ campaign announced Friday.

Both unions said they are enthusiastically backing Torres in part because of his extensive knowledge and involvement in education. He taught for 16 years before becoming an assistant principal.

“Too often the people making important policy decisions about education lack a real understanding of how schools work,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said. “The City Council needs more educators like Tommy Torres to speak on the needs of children and their classrooms.”

Tommy taught at PS 120 and PS 157 in School District 14. As member of PS 157’s Leadership he helped shape the school’s budget and educational plans. He was elevated to Assistant Principal in 2013. Tommy is currently the Assistant Principal at Progress H.S., located in the 34th district.

“Tommy Torres has proven his commitment to community – he’s a teacher, assistant principal, community leader and union member,” said CSA President Mark Cannizzaro. “He’s exactly the person we need in the 34th District City Council seat; someone who works tirelessly and puts the community first.”

The UFT represents approximately 200,000 members, including 75,000 teachers and 19,000 classroom paraprofessionals. It also represents school secretaries, attendance teachers, guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers, adult education teachers, administrative law judges, nurses, laboratory technicians, speech therapists, and retirees.

CSA represents 6,100 public school principals, assistant principals and education administrators, and 200 directors and assistant Directors in city-funded Early Childhood Education Centers. CSA has 10,000 retirees and in the CSA Retiree Chapter.

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