FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2020
UNITED FEDERATION OF TEACHERS ENDORSES ERIK BOTTCHER FOR CITY COUNCIL
"We are proud to endorse Erik for the City Council and know he will be an effective advocate for both District 3 and all of New York City,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew
NEW YORK, NY -- May 13, 2020 -- Today, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) endorsed Erik Bottcher for City Council, District 3.
In the first virtual, remote endorsement in the history of the UFT Delegate Assembly, delegates overwhelmingly voted to endorse Bottcher, citing his long partnership with the UFT and career of fighting for public education.
“Erik Bottcher understands what our students need to flourish, and has helped our school communities get the needed resources to make it happen," said UFT President Michael Mulgrew. "Whether he is fighting for fair funding, needed capital improvements or vital school-based services, he has been there for our children, parents and educators. We are proud to endorse Erik for the City Council and know he will be an effective advocate for both District 3 and all of New York City.”
"I am deeply honored to receive the support of the UFT," said Erik Bottcher. "Public education is facing unprecedented challenges and it is crucial that we stand united with educators and parents to protect school-based learning. Our teachers are true heroes who, despite extremely difficult circumstances, are doing incredible work for our children every day. Since the beginning of this crisis, the UFT has been ahead of the curve in demanding a safe, quality and equitable education for all students. Throughout my career I've had the honor of working closely with the UFT and I look forward to continuing this partnership as the representative of my community in the City Council."
Bottcher is running in the primary election in the 3rd Council District, which includes the Manhattan neighborhoods of West SoHo, Greenwich Village, Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen. The seat is currently held by NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who will be vacating the seat due to term limits. Bottcher has served as Johnson's Chief of Staff since 2015.
In their endorsement resolution, the UFT Delegates cited Bottcher's long partnership with the UFT dating back to 2009, when, as the LGBT Liaison in the City Council's community outreach unit, he partnered with the UFT to help develop initiatives to combat bullying and bias-based harassment (see full resolution below).
The United Federation of Teachers represents nearly 200,000 active and retired workers, from classroom teachers, guidance counselors, paraprofessionals and other public school personnel to nurses, administrative law judges and home day care providers.
Bottcher declared his candidacy in February and is not accepting contributions from real estate developers, from anyone employed at a lobbying firm or from corporate political action committees (PACs).
Resolution in support of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) endorsing Erik Bottcher in his primary election for New York City Council
Whereas, Erik Bottcher's close relationship with the UFT dates back to 2009, when, as the LGBT Liaison in the City Council's community outreach unit, he partnered with the UFT to help develop initiatives to combat bullying and bias-based harassment; and
Whereas, since 2015, as Speaker Corey Johnson’s Chief of Staff, Erik has been a champion of schools in Council District 3, fighting for more funding for public schools; calling for expanded after-school programs; and demanding greater capital investments in education; and
Whereas, Erik has long fought for important education priorities in the City budget, including Teacher's Choice; United Community Schools; and the Dial-A-Teacher homework helpline; and
Whereas, as a member of the City Council, Erik will continue to be a champion of teachers and public education, fighting against attempts to balance the budget at the expense of students and educators; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the UFT endorse Erik Bottcher in his primary election for New York City Council District 3 as we believe he will be a strong ally for working people, our schools and our community.