School Employees Union Endorses Cathy Guerriero, Ken Thompson

By Jill Colvin, New York Observer

Cathy Guerriero.Local 372, the union representing more than 25,000 parent coordinators, crossing guards and other school aides has endorsed Cathy Guerriero for public advocate.

“Cathy’s interview was outstanding. I mean, you very rarely get a standing ovation on any screening. So that was the response of the members,” the union’s president, Santos Crespo Jr. told Politicker, this afternoon.

He noted that Ms. Guerriero seemed to have an especially strong familiarity with the members represented by the union, and pointed to her background as an educator and her stance against mayoral control of city schools.

“We need a public advocate who’s going to take on the mayor, no matter who the mayor is,” he added.

While Ms. Guerriero, once considered a long-shot, has been racking up various endorsements, the decision is a bit of a snub for Brooklyn City Councilwoman Letitia James, who has long been an advocate for school workers and has been targeting many of the minority black and Latino women that the union represents.

A spokesman for Ms. James noted, however, that she has the support of a long list of major unions, including the larger DC-37 municipal workers’ union, as well as SEIU 32BJ, TWU Local 100 and CWA 1180. The two are also up against State Senator Daniel Squadron, Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani and civilian police official Sidique Wai.

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