Praising his toughness, commitment and leadership, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) announced its endorsement of Robert Jackson for State Senate, District 31. The seat is now held by Adriano Espaillat who is running for Congress. The District includes Inwood, Washington Heights, Marble Hill and Hamilton Heights, as well as parts of the Upper West Side, Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea. More than 4,000 UFT members live in the District.
"Robert Jackson has dedicated his career of public service to championing educators and strengthening school communities," said UFT President Michael Mulgrew. "He has fought to make sure every child has the chance for the best education possible. From suing the state and walking 150 miles to Albany to fix a school aid formula that was cheating our public school children, to standing up against unfair school closures and budget cuts, Robert Jackson has fought tirelessly for our children, their parents and the entire school community. He has earned our trust and our members will work hard to help him win.”
“Education is the key to New York’s future,” said Robert Jackson. “It was my salvation and I’ve fought to make sure every one of our 1.1 million public school students receives the best education possible, and the same opportunity to succeed in life as I had. I’m honored to receive the endorsement of our hardworking teachers and dedicated school staff. I thank Michael Mulgrew and the 200,000 members of the UFT for the work they do every day to educate our children and for their commitment to help win this election.
“My campaign is getting a great reception every place we go. This is a major endorsement and another sign of the momentum we are feeling as we build a large and diverse grassroots campaign that is moving this campaign forward. I look forward to working with the UFT to win this campaign. Together, we can make a difference for families today, and for generations to come."