Eric Dinowitz, community activist and special education teacher running for City Council in the 11th District, has been endorsed by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). This is the first union endorsement of his campaign. This historically early endorsement is one of the first for any labor union across the city for 2021 City Council races.
"This is an incredibly meaningful endorsement and I am honored to have the support of UFT as I run for City Council. Throughout my career as a special education teacher, UFT has stood up for students, educators, and our progressive values, advocating for better mental health services, improved resources for students with disabilities, and support so that our students and teachers thrive. Education will always be a priority for me as a City Council Member, public school teacher, and parent," said Dinowitz.
"As a Special education teacher and UFT Chapter leader, Eric Dinowitz understands the needs of educators," said UFT President Michael Mulgrew. "We stand with Eric so that our schools, our children, and our members have a voice in the room."
Dinowitz has been a UFT member since 2007. The UFT is one of the City's strongest and most progressive unions, touting nearly 200,000 educators, school staff, classroom paraprofessionals, psychologists, and retirees among its members. Dinowitz is also the Democratic District Leader for the 81st Assembly District and the Chair of Bronx Community Board 8's Aging Committee. He has lived in the Northwest Bronx his entire life and is raising his family there. The Democratic primary for the 11th City Council District will be in June 2021.