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NYS Assembly Candidate Anthony Nicodemo Receives Support of the Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body

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Contacts:
Conner Mertens at nicodemo4ny@gmail.com

NYS Assembly Candidate Anthony Nicodemo Receives Support of the Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body

Last night, in an overwhelming vote the delegates of the Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body voted to recommend New York State Assembly candidate Anthony Nicodemo to the New York State AFL-CIO for endorsement. The vote affirms local labor leader’s support of Nicodemo.

“Union protections have been a cornerstone of my campaign since the beginning. Our country was built on the backs of organized labor and in a post Janus world, our brothers and sisters in labor must be protected at all costs.”

The support of the body adds to a growing list of progressive groups to back Nicodemo. He has been endorsed by the Working Families Party, Run for Something and the New York Progressive Action Network. He is also a Moms Demand Action gun sense candidate.
 
“Growing up in a union household and serving as a NYSUT local president has allowed me to understand the importance of our unions. My father has been an active member of Teamsters Local 456 for over 40 years. To receive this support alongside leaders like Yonkers Senators Shelley Mayer and Andrea Stewart-Cousins is truly humbling”
 
The Central Labor Councils, chartered directly by the national AFL-CIO, determine policy on local issues, as well as working closely with the State and National AFL-CIO to carry out Federation priorities. As the voice of working people in the local community, the AFL-CIO Central Labor Council is the heart of the labor movement. By uniting the local community, the Councils play a critical role on local, state and national issues. In political and community action, the Central Labor Councils are “where the action is.”

Westchester-Putnam Working Families Party Announces Support For Anthony Nicodemo for New York State Assembly

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June 29, 2018
Contacts:
Conner Mertens at nicodemo4ny@gmail.com
WFP: Phil Leber at pleber@workingfamlies.org

Westchester-Putnam Working Families Party Announces Support For Anthony Nicodemo for New York State Assembly

Today, the Westchester-Putnam chapter of the Working Families Party announced that they are supporting Anthony Nicodemo in his campaign for State Assembly in the 90th District.

“Anthony embodies all the values of the Working Families Party and we are proud to support his candidacy for state assembly. As a union president and advocate for marginalized communities we know that Anthony will stand up for the interests of the Working Families Party.” said Pat Welsh, WFP Westchester Putnam Chair.

“The Working Families Party embraces the value of true progressivism. Their support is a strong rebuke of establishment politics in Yonkers. As a true progressive I am honored to receive their vote of confidence for the 90th Assembly District race.”
 
This is the third political organization that has voiced support for the campaign. Earlier this month Nicodemo was endorsed by Run for Something and the Lower Hudson Valley Progressive Action Network. He has also received designation from Moms Demand Action.
 
“As we continue to run a grassroots campaign, we plan on working together across party lines to create a better Yonkers for all. Investing in our schools, rooting out government corruption, making it easier for people to vote and protecting human rights are all paramount. I sincerely thank the Working Families Party for standing with me to make New York Fair Again.”

NYS Assembly Candidate Anthony Nicodemo Condemns the Supreme Court’s Decision in Janus vs AFSCME

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Contacts:
Conner Mertens at nicodemo4ny@gmail.com

NYS Assembly Candidate Anthony Nicodemo Condemns the Supreme Court’s Decision in Janus vs AFSCME

Today the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that public employees are no longer required to pay agency fees to unions for collective bargaining. Billionaire CEO’s and corporate interest succeeded in manipulating the highest court in the land.
 
 “Today’s decision is a textbook example of union-busting and a direct attack on the middle class. This country was built on the back of organized labor and to attack those institutions is an assault on the foundations that made this country great. ”
 
As President of Greenburgh-North Castle United, Nicodemo has worked closely with NYSUT leadership to combat the possible effects of the Janus decision. His local has had nearly a 100% recommitment rate exhibiting that his members understand the importance of the union.

“The most lasting and dangerous affect of Donald Trump’s victory is his influence on the Supreme Court. Americans will face decisions that will hurt the middle-class and marginalized communities for years to come.”

“As a union president, I understand the immeasurable value these associations bring to employees through the assurance that all are protected regardless of where they come from. It is imperative that we protect our unions to ensure these services continue. Protect our unions, protect our middle-class.”

Nicodemo has made union protections a cornerstone of his platform and believes unions must unite to build more power for all working people.

Lower Hudson Valley Progressive Action Endorses Anthony Nicodemo for New York State Assembly

Lower Hudson Valley Progressive Action Network endorses Anthony Nicodemo for New York State Assembly

June 8, 2018- Anthony Nicodemo is excited to earn the endorsement of Lower 

Hudson Valley Progressive Action Network (LHVPAN). 

“LHVPAN sets the bar for progressive organizations in New York State. This endorsement supports the fact that I am a true progressive in our State Assembly race. In this national political climate, it is imperative that we continually fight for the values that elevate all persons.”

“I’m grateful to have the support of like-minded progressives like LHVPAN who understand what’s best for the people of New York.” 

This is Nicodemo’s second progressive endorsement. Last week, Run for Something, a national organization out of Washington, D.C. also threw their support behind Nicodemo for the Assembly seat.  

“My goal is to run a grassroots campaign by involving many people often overlooked or forgotten by the political establishment. These endorsements will provide the resources and manpower to ensure this happens.”

LHVPAN is a chapter of the New York Progressive Action Network and was founded inDecember of 2017 following the 2016 elections. The founding chapters were all grassroots organizations that had formed during the Bernie Sanders campaign in New York. NYPAN has thirty-five chapters and affiliates throughout New York State.

Run for Something endorses Anthony Nicodemo for New York State Assembly

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Contacts:

Conner Mertens at nicodemo4ny@gmail.com

RFS: Lesley Lopez at press@runforsomething.net

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.

www.runforsomething.net

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

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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.

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