Jon Kaiman, Democratic Candidate for NY’s 3rd Congressional District, has accepted the endorsement of two MTA transit union locals serving residents in Queens and a prominent Queens political leader active in organized labor. Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Locals 1056 and 1179 and former NYC City Council Member and labor activist I. Daneek Miller expressed their strong support for former Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman for Congress in NY-03 covering Northeast Queens, the Town of North Hempstead, much of the Town of Oyster Bay and the City of Glen Cove.
ATU 1056 President/Business Agent Mark Henry stated, “ATU enthusiastically and wholeheartedly endorses Jon Kaiman for election to Congress in NY-03 covering neighborhoods in Northeast Queens and the Town of North Hempstead and adjoining communities in Nassau County.”
Councilman Miller, also a Democratic Leader in Assembly District 33, stated, “In Jon Kaiman, you get a true leader, who led real change on police reform, delivers for working families, opened government to residents in North Hempstead and later Suffolk through the introduction of a 311 system, and in Congress will fight to codify Roe v. Wade and strengthen gun safety laws including a ban on assault weapons.”
President Henry, also chair of the ATU NYS Legislative Conference Board, cited Kaiman’s “exemplary achievements and record as Town of North Hempstead Supervisor including devising and implementing its 311 Call Center and Project Independence for its senior population, chair of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA), leading the state’s response to Superstorm Sandy and currently as Deputy County Executive in Suffolk, our conversations on issues of importance to our local and community needs. Jon Kaiman best understands the pressing needs of the working families and working people of District 3 and Queens, where our members work and many also live, and which remains primarily bus dependent more than reliant on subways and rails.
President Henry called Kaiman, “a serious-minded person more interested in getting things done, and a consensus builder who stands for our shared values and priorities, including preserving and maintaining public mass transit and a commitment to enhancing bus service, and the rights of employees to organize and collectively bargain.”
After meeting with the boards of ATU 1056 and 1179, Kaiman emphasized his commitment to delivering results for the community of Northeast Queens, a community lacking direct access to subway services. “Improvement to transit infrastructure, especially bus service in northeast Queens is essential to a recovering economy,” said NY-03 Candidate Jon Kaiman. “As a representative in Congress, I pledge to advocate for the need for major transit projects, and the funding necessary to ensure the safety of our public transportation employees.”
“As the former City Council Member from the 27th Council District and co-chair of its progressive Caucus, Daneek commands respect from his colleagues and is well known as a strong advocate on the issues that matter for working families,” stated Kaiman. “This includes transit equity, housing, jobs, education and justice at all levels of government.” The past-president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056, Miller chaired the City Council’s Committee on Civil Service and Labor, and has been reaching out to his colleagues in organized labor on the merits of electing Jon Kaiman during these challenging times.
The members of Amalgamated Transportation Union (ATU) Local No. 1056 work for MTA New York City Transit’s Queens bus division as bus operators and maintainers. ATU 1179 represents bus operators, mechanics, and supervisors who work from the Far Rockaway and JFK Depots of the MTA Bus division.