Run for Something endorses Anthony Nicodemo for New York State Assembly

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Run for Something endorses Anthony Nicodemo for New York State Assembly

Progressive wave builds momentum with new candidates in New York

May 30, 2018- Anthony Nicodemo is proud to receive the endorsement of Run for Something (RfS), the groundbreaking organization that recruits and supports strong voices in the next generation of progressive leadership. 

“It’s an honor to receive an endorsement from an organization like Run for Something. To have the support of other progressives means so much and I look forward to representing their values and beliefs. The deck is stacked against non-establishment candidates and I’m grateful for the backing of organizations like Run for Something.”

“RFS endorses candidates on two major criteria: heart and hustle. That’s what defines viability to us,” said Ross Morales Rocketto, RFS co founder. “These are candidates who are going to work hard to run grassroots, community-led campaigns. We are a critical time in history and the momentum these candidates generate will have a lasting impact for years to come.”

By the numbers:

40 first or second time candidates endorsed this month

RFS has endorsed 409 candidates total, from 45 states. 256 candidates have upcoming elections. 

Campaign budgets range from $3000 to $300,000

Win numbers range from 645 to 100,000 votes

The endorsement process includes an extensive internal review with background check, staff interview and insight from local state experts. 

Amanda Litman and Ross Morales Rocketto launched RfS on Jan. 20, 2017 with a simple premise: help young diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races in order to build a bench for the future. RfS aims to lower the barriers to entry for these candidates by helping them with seed money, organization building, and access to trainings needed to be successful. So far, about 18,000 young people from across the country have signed up as candidates and gained access to RfS resources.  

Run for Something recruits and supports talented, passionate young people who advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench.

Statement On Charter School Expansion Hearing And Yonkers Public Schools Budget Cuts

May 17, 2018

Statement On Charter School Expansion Hearing And Yonkers Public Schools Budget Cuts

Last night it was a pleasure to stand with hundreds of Yonkers Public Schools students, staff and parents as many voiced their opposition to the proposed Charter School of Educational Excellence as well as potential layoffs in the 2018-2019 budget.

Our students spoke brilliantly with passion and respect as they shared their fears over further budget cuts that would negatively affect their lives.

Unfortunately, later on in the evening, the Board of Trustees voted to approve the 2018-2019 budget that currently will abolish 251 jobs. Our children continue to lose valuable resources.

Excused from both meetings to attend the Yonkers Democratic Convention was trustee and New York State Assembly candidate Nader Sayegh. It was disappointing that Mr. Sayegh was absent during such crucial meetings and unable to listen to so many of his constituents’ concerns. Mr. Sayegh has stated that he has the support of teachers and the YFT, but was absence during their time of need.

In the fall, the Board of Trustees issued a letter to the Board of Regents opposing the expansion of the same charter school. All trustees chose to sign this letter with the exception of Mr. Sayegh.

I hope to learn Mr. Sayegh’s opinions on both the expansion of the Charter School of Educational Excellence and the 251 layoffs in the near future.

The New York State Board of Regents must not consider any charter school expansion with the current state of funding of Yonkers Public Schools.

Anthony Nicodemo Opposes Charter School Expansion in Yonkers


May 16, 2018



For the second time this year the Charter School of Educational Excellence is requesting high school expansion that will negatively effect the Yonkers Public Schools and it’s students.

CSEE is masking its previous application by claiming a regional expansion that would bring non Yonkers students into the school. This is a ploy and in fact very few parents outside of Yonkers would send their children to a charter school located in Yonkers.

Yonkers Public Schools are facing a $45 million dollar shortfall including 251 proposed layoffs. It would be irresponsible for any public official or Board Trustee to support this application.

Yonkers students have been robbed of basic services provided to their neighboring peers for far too long. Sports, arts and music, counseling and proper facilities have all been non-existent for our children. This systemic failure due to lack of funding from Albany must come to an end.

Charter schools often operate under a cloak of secrecy hiring non certified teachers, using an application process to enter the school and a flexible curriculum. Teachers are non union and underpaid. Founders use the schools to line their own pockets.

Yonkers Public Schools students deserve better and any expansion of the CSEE would only cause them more harm. If elected I plan on continuing to fight against CSEE and any other charter schools. Our Yonkers Public Schools kids and employees must be protected. 

Gay basketball coach brings passion, leadership to NY State Assembly run

Anthony Nicodemo, an out gay high school teacher, basketball coach and outspoken advocate in Yonkers, has announced his candidacy for the New York State Assembly.

The coach has been a voice on various issues over the last few years, including the well-being of student-athletes, LGBTQ inclusion, and various other issues affecting minority communities and residents of the City of Yonkers.

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“Get ready New York voters to support a potential LGBTQ representative that’s trying to do good for the community. As Lohud reports, Anthony Nicodemo has announced that he’s running for State Assembly. If you haven’t heard of Nicodemo before, that’s ok, but know that he’s already done a lot of good for the LGBTQ community and for youth in his area.”

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