Sunday, June 16, 2013

City Hall Here We Come...

Council Member Andy King Brings New Hope To The
12th District... Bill De Blasio!

City Council Member Andy L. King held a Jobs Rally today in the Bronx, just opposite the Gun Hill Road subway station located at White Plains Road. During the rally, Council Member King spoke to citizens and workers, both union and non union, of the 12th District. He along with fellow elected officials, State Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, addressed the state of the jobs market in New York City and spoke of plans to bring more job opportunities to working communities. King spoke of his commitment to this cause, citing his upbringing and history as a community leader in the area as his motivation. 

He revealed details on the Co-op City mall, currently under development, stating that upon its completion over 130 newly created jobs would be reserved for the citizens of the 12th District. The Councilman garnered considerable community support in the form of endorsements from guest speakers:  Reverend Aaron Kelly, Community Activist Cynthia Robinson, and Youth Leader Brian Melford. Additionally, S.E.I.U. 1199's own Vice President Maria Kercado and Gina Miller announced the union's support of both Andy L. King and Bill de Blasio for City Councilman and Mayor, respectively. Shortly thereafter Assemblyman Sepulveda endorsed King as well in a speech delivered to the crowd in both English and Spanish. Councilman King then took the stage and announced his official endorsement of Bill de Blasio in the 2013 Mayoral Election.

King stated that he saw de Blasio as the clear choice for Mayor, citing de Blasio's loyalty not to his friends, but to the people of New York City. De Blasio took to the podium thanking his supporters and his host Councilman King. He made special note of 1199's Executive Vice President and wife of Councilmember King, Neva Shillingford-King, Elizabeth Sepulveda, and his own wife Chirlane McCray stating that, "Beside every great man is a great woman." De Blasio went on to address his views on the role of Mayor, saying that he would use the power endowed by the position to hold large businesses accountable to the workers in the communities in which they are located.

He went on to speak about the importance of supporting local small businesses and funding government programs over the interest of these larger businesses. In particular, de Blasio cited the recent 130 million dollar cash and subsidiary package given to Fresh Direct as a misallocation of funds. He stated that packages such as these should be put together for the purpose of financing educational resources such as the C.U.N.Y. school system. Council Member King closed out the rally by urging everyone to support and vote the 1199 S.E.I.U. choice, the de Blasio-King team on September 10, 2013.