C.D.4: State teachers union endorses Kathleen Rice

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice outside the Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice outside the Nassau County Court in Mineola on June 6, 2014. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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The state teachers union announced its endorsement of Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice who is facing off with Nassau Legis. Kevan Abrahams in the upcoming 4th Congressional District Democratic primary.

“Kathleen Rice has a well-earned reputation as an independent, hardworking public servant who has used her eight years as Nassau County district attorney to fight for justice and fairness,” said New York State United Teachers president Karen E. Magee on Thursday. “Our membership believes she will continue her stellar record and fight for public education, health care and the middle class when elected to Congress. We are proud to recommend her endorsement.”

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The state union is a federation of 1,200 local unions representing more than 600,000 teachers and school-related professionals, according to the group’s website. Union leaders said more than 28,600 of its members reside in the 4th Congressional District.

In a statement Rice said she was “thrilled” to receive the union’s endorsement.  

“I’m looking forward to fighting alongside its members to secure full funding for the students and schools that need it most, and to provide all of our teachers with the comprehensive support and ongoing development they need to best serve our students,” Rice said.

Abrahams (D-Freeport) noted that he has received the group’s endorsement during his previous campaigns for the county legislature, and looked forward to working with the group in the future.

"My campaign has knocked on thousands of doors since early March and we have received a tremendous reception from educators at all levels during this process," Abrahams said. "Further, my voting record reflects that I am an ardent supporter of NYSUT's mission and values. I have enjoyed their endorsement every time I have appeared on the ballot for the county legislature, and I very much look forward to working with them once I am elected to Congress."

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