Huge Endorsement for Surging Public Advocate Candidate
Cathy Guerriero, candidate for New York City Public Advocate announced that her campaign has earned the endorsement of the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA).
Guerriero leads the way in this race with a total of 57 endorsements, from unions/locals, advocacy groups, faith-based leaders, political clubs and media. Of those endorsements, 20 are from organizations representing uniformed personnel.
“This endorsement is as personal as it gets for me,” said Guerriero. “I have family members – past and present - who are part of a proud tradition of serving in the FDNY. The brave firefighters who risk everything to help others in dire need, and the retirees who have done their service deserve elected officials who will stand with them. They all deserve a Public Advocate who will stand with them to unequivocally oppose the closing of fire houses; they deserve a Public Advocate who will work closely with them to fix the city’s emergency 911 system; they deserve a Public Advocate who will oppose any further reductions in staffing, the thought of which is patently ridiculous since the city’s population is growing. The talk about closing more fire houses must stop – if anything we need to reopen some of the engine and ladder companies that have been shortsightedly shuttered. I will be that Public Advocate. I will stand firmly with the UFA and work to give them the tools they need to continue to protect live and property.”
Steve Cassidy, President of the UFA said, “New Yorkers need elected leaders that will fight aggressively for the resources needed to keep our communities safe and secure. The last 12 years have been the busiest in the FDNY’s 148-year history and as New York City’s true rescue agency the FDNY needs to be adding resources to address the growth in population and massive development plans in communities across the five boroughs. Cathy Guerriero has displayed passion, dedication and the work-ethic to make a difference as Public Advocate. The UFA and New York City Firefighters are proud to endorse Cathy Guerriero to be the next Public Advocate.”
The Uniformed Firefighters Association represents more than 8,000 New York City Firefighters, Fire Marshals, Marine Wipers and Marine Engineers in the FDNY. It is the largest firefighters union local in the world.
A senior adjunct professor, former star athlete and small business owner, Guerriero comes from a union family of teachers, police officers and firefighters. Both of her parents were public school teachers, and for 35 years her father worked two jobs: teacher by day and at night he worked as a longshoremen’s security guard for the Port Authority, helping to provide for Cathy and her five siblings.