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.
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.