ANDREW GOUNARDES RECEIVES ENDORSEMENT OF NYSUT (NEW YORK STATE UNITED TEACHERS)
BROOKLYN, NY; July 12, 2018 -- Today, Democrat Andrew Gounardes, candidate for State Senate in Brooklyn’s District 22, received the endorsement of NYSUT (New York State United Teachers), a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services, and health care, and more than 6,000 members in the district. This is a significant endorsement, as NYSUT had previously endorsed incumbent Marty Golden.
"New York's public school students deserve a true champion, which is precisely what they have in Andrew Gounardes," said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta. "His commitment to reducing class sizes, ensuring full funding of our schools, and increasing the availability of after-school programs will help families in his community and ensure opportunity for students in New York."
“As a champion of public education -- and a graduate of New York City’s public school system and CUNY Hunter College -- I am honored to receive the endorsement of NYSUT,” said Gounardes..” Public education is the most important service that government can provide. It has made the American dream possible for generations of citizens and every student in New York is entitled to a chance to realize that dream. I would not be where I am today without my public education.”
Gounardes’ plan to strengthen and enrich New York's education system includes securing needed funding to reduce class size, secure and retain the best teachers, and stay abreast of an ever-changing technological landscape; increasing after-school program availability, and making New York the first state in the nation to constitutionally guarantee free, quality public education from pre-kindergarten through college for every student so that funding for these vital initiatives will always be available and not subject to the political whims of Albany.
About Andrew Gounardes
Born and raised in Bay Ridge, it was in South Brooklyn where Andrew Gounardes started his work in public service. As an aide to former City Council Member Vincent Gentile, he helped neighbors solve everyday quality of life problems. Currently, he serve as Counsel to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and as a trustee of the New York City Employees' Retirement System, one of the largest municipal pension funds in the country. Before serving at Borough Hall, he worked for Citizens Committee for New York City, a non-profit that provides neighborhood improvement grants to community groups across the five boroughs. He also served on Community Board 10 and is a longtime member of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Bay Ridge.
After Superstorm Sandy, Andrew co-founded Bay Ridge Cares, an organization that prepared 25,000 hot meals for victims after the storm. Today, the organization still supports community members facing extraordinary need by providing them with emergency assistance. As a member of the Riders Alliance, he organized and formed the Concerned R Train Riders to fight for better service and demand handicapped accessible subway stations in South Brooklyn. He helped write and pass legislation to combat dangerous home conversions, and continues to work toward helping those who are displaced from unsafe living conditions.
His work with Bay Ridge Advocates for Keeping Everyone Safe (B.R.A.K.E.S.) successfully pressured Albany lawmakers to allow speed cameras in school zones. As an advocate for art and culture in our neighborhoods, he served as pro bono legal counsel for the Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk (S.A.W.) and as past president of the Bay Ridge Historical Society.
Andrew graduated from Fort Hamilton High School before going on to earn degrees from Hunter College and the George Washington University Law School.
Andrew has been endorsed by NYSUT, the local chapter of United Automobile Workers, the District 1 chapter of Communications Workers of America, SEIU 32BJ, the Working Families Party, Bay Ridge Democrats, the Brooklyn Young Democrats, the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, the Southern Brooklyn Democrats, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, the Stars & Stripes Democratic Club, City Council Member Mark Treyger, Assembly Member Peter Abbate, Former Council Member Vincent Gentile, the Chairperson of the Kings County Democrats Frank Seddio and Run for Something. He has also been named a Gun Sense Candidate of Distinction by Moms Demand Action.
About District 22
District 22 comprises the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, and Gravesend, as well as portions of Sheepshead Bay, Borough Park, and Midwood.
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