By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Two days after she was spurned by the Detectives Endowment Association (DEA) for her votes in favor of two bills cracking down on the New York Police Department’s controversial stop and frisk policy, Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez (D-Sunset Park-Red Hook) bounced back, winning the endorsement of District Council 37, the city’s largest municipal union.
“Sara Gonzalez has been a strong progressive voice on the City Council for the interests of working families, and their communities,” DC37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts said in her endorsement announcement on July 3. “She has always stood with us, fighting for a fair tax structure and to ensure the services that protect our quality of life are preserved. It is our pleasure to endorse her, and we will do everything we can to keep her fighting for us at City Hall,” Roberts said.
The endorsement provided some good news for Gonzalez, who is running for her third and final term in the council. On July 1, the DEA announced that it was revoking the endorsement it had given to her. DEA President Michael Palladino cited the lawmaker’s votes in favor of a bill to establish an inspector general to oversee the NYPD and another bill which would make it easier for citizens to sue the NYPD if they believe they have been unfairly targeted by cops because of their race.
Gonzalez remained firm in her position, releasing a statement reiterating her support for the two bills.
The councilwoman said she was pleased to have the support of DC 37 and its 121,000 active members and 50,000 retired members.
“At a time when our administration has spent too much time catering to the interests of the wealthy and powerful, DC 37 has stood for the common-sense priorities of working families, and their neighborhoods," Gonzalez said. “I'm proud to have stood side-by-side with DC 37 during this fight, and will continue to stand with them, ensuring that their members get a fair contract from the next administration. DC 37 members provide essential services that all New Yorkers rely on, and they deserve our respect,” she said.
Gonzalez has also been endorsed by the United Federation of Teachers, Doctors Council SEIU, the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, Communication Workers of America Local 1180, and the Transportation Workers Union Local 100, among other unions.
If she wins re-election, she will have the most seniority of any member of the City Council. She was first elected to the council in 2002.