Pete Sikora, Politics

Pete Sikora receives NYSNA endorsement

As the race to succeed Joan Millman winds down to its ultimate conclusion next Tuesday, Pete Sikora received an endorsement from the union that worked hardest in the battle to save Long Island College Hospital.

Sikora at a LICH rally last summer. He is the one holding up the big red sign.
Sikora at a LICH rally last summer. He is the one holding up the big red sign.

The New York State Nurses Union (NYSNA), whose Executive Director Jill Furillo spent a lot of time and resources in fighting SUNY Downstate, is still involved in a court case in an attempt to nullify the recent sale of the hospital to real estate developers.

NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez issued the following statement. “NYSNA nurses are proud to support Pete Sikora as the best candidate in his district to protect our hospitals. We know that he will fight for quality patient care for all New Yorkers as an Assembly Member just as he has as our community ally in the struggle to protect care for patients served by Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn.  Pete has a proven track record of standing with nurses to support safe RN staffing, end healthcare inequality, and keep our hospitals open for care.”

The union endorsed Bill De Blasio in last year’s Democratic primary, saying that they rarely make endorsements. Sikora, lobbyist for the Communications Workers of America, is looking to move to the other side and legislate in Albany. Last week Sikora received an endorsement from Mayor De Blasio.

Also running for the seat is current female District Leader Jo Anne Simon, and Brooklyn Heights resident Doug Biviano.

 

6 Comments

  1. This gives “twisted” new meaning. Sikora is a puppet of WFP/Bill de Blasio/Berlin Rosen. They sold out to Cuomo the LICH community (residents, workers and NURSES) to get WFP on ballot line for their 50,000 votes. Interfaith was saved because lesser office local leaders told Cuomo no way.

    NYSNA shame on you. You do not represent your workers and their families who lost so much.

  2. Well what a surprise. NYSNA is a Berlin Rosen client too. Perhaps, the Red Hook Star should update this article with this important fact.

    Red Hook Star, do you also want to take back your statement, “…these cross connections can be the source of a corrupt and anti-democratic power dealing situation – we are not sure about that.” from your BerlinRosen article on Aug. 26th?

    http://www.star-revue.com/berlinrosen/

    Here’s the source I found:

    “NYSNA and their public affairs team BerlinRosen…”

    http://plowsharesmedia.com/clients/nysna/

  3. What Red Hook Star also leaves out is that NYSNA betrayed its own member Nurses in this endorsement of Sikora. Hundreds of Nurses lost quality jobs at LICH that support their families and protect our community. My heart goes out to them.

  4. Where’s the press on these corrupt back room deals that close hospitals, harm real working families (not the fraudulent WFP), and cause avoidable deaths of members of our community?

    The answer is simple, the press is part of the corruption, actively covering up these lobbyist Berlin Rosen backroom relationships and betrayals of the most vulnerable in community.

  5. Well what a surprise. NYSNA is a Berlin Rosen client too. Perhaps, the Red Hook Star should update this article with this important fact.

    Red Hook Star, do you also want to take back your statement, “…these cross connections can be the source of a corrupt and anti-democratic power dealing situation – we are not sure about that.” from your BerlinRosen article on Aug. 26th?

    http://www.star-revue.com/berlinrosen/

    Here’s the source I found:

    “NYSNA and their public affairs team BerlinRosen…”

    plowsharesmedia.com/clients/nysna/

  6. This is a surprise to the nurses who were out there fighting for LICH. Nobody bothered to ask THEM which candidate they wanted to endorse. Seems that it doesn’t mater because it’s not about the members, it’s all about the officials & political connections.