SEIU Local 32BJ, a large union with 163,000 members, and the progressive Working Families Party both announced their support for Van Bramer.
“I’m proud of my progressive record and values,” Van Bramer said. “Working together with WFP and 32BJ, we have made my district and our city more fair and lifted workers and those marginalized for too long.”
Hector Figueroa, president of 32BJ, cited Van Bramer’s support for airport workers, including getting arrested in an act of civil disobedience. He also appreciated the pol’s quick reaction when the husband of a union member was detained by federal immigration agents.
“The stepson of a school cleaner, Jimmy understands the struggle of working people,” Figueroa said. “He has always stood with us, and we are proud to stand with him.”
Bill Lipton, the New York director of WFP, added that Van Bramer has helped win progressive change for the city.
“With working people, immigrants, and the LGBT community under attack by the Trump regime, it’s more important than ever that we have leaders who will fearlessly resist,” Lipton said. “Majority Leader Van Bramer has proven he is up to the task.”