RETAIL WHOLESALE AND DEPARTMENT STORE UNION ENDORSES ANDREW GOUNARDES FOR NY STATE SENATE
With the endorsement of Retail Wholesale and Department Store (RWDSU), Gounardes touts his 34th endorsement as Democratic primary nears.
BROOKLYN, NY: Today, the New York chapter of the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) officially endorsed Andrew Gounardes, Democrat for NY State Senate in District 22. RWDSU is one of the most progressive unions in the state and marks Gounardes’’ 30th endorsement from local unions, elected officials, and political organizations who all believe Andrew has the right vision for Southern Brooklyn and New York State.
“Now more than ever, we need progressive leaders like Andrew Gounardes in Albany fighting to protect and advance the rights of working people,” said Stuart Appelbaum, RWDSU President. “We have the opportunity to turn one of the only Republican held districts in New York City blue this November and take back the State Senate. Andrew has built the strongest campaign with the clearest vision and we are excited to be a part of it.”
“RWDSU is comprised of members from all walks of life. They are our neighbors, our family members and community leaders. Today, they are increasingly under attack by unjust policies and elected officials who don’t support organized labor,” said Gounardes. “I am humbled and honored to have received the endorsement of RWDSU and will continue to fight for our shared values and for all those who work hard to achieve the American dream.”
The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) represents 100,000 members throughout the United States, including 25,000 in New York. The RWDSU is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). For more information, please visit: www.rwdsu.org,
About Andrew Gounardes
Born and raised in Bay Ridge, it was in Southern Brooklyn where Andrew Gounardes started his work in public service. As an aide to former City Councilmember Vincent Gentile, he helped neighbors solve everyday quality of life problems. Currently, he serves 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 Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, New York State United Teachers, the local chapter of United Automobile Workers, the District 1 chapter of Communications Workers of America, SEIU 32BJ, DC9 The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, The Working Families Party, Bay Ridge Democrats, Brooklyn Young Democrats, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, Southern Brooklyn Democrats, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, Stonewall Democrats of NYC, Equality New York, LEAP Forward, Stars & Stripes Democratic Club, Congressman Jerry Nadler, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, City Council Members Justin Brannan, Brad Lander, Mark Treyger, and Alan Maisel, Assembly Members Peter Abbate, Jo Anne Simon, and Robert C. Carroll, 41st AD State Committeewoman Lori Maslow, 49th AD State Committeewoman Tori Kelly, Former City Council Members Vincent Gentile, Lew Fidler, and David Yassky, 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, and has a 100% reproductive health rating from Planned Parenthood Empire State Votes PAC and Planned Parenthood of New York City Votes.
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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