by Glenn Kissack
Glenn Kissack is a retiree representative on the PSC Executive Council. He posted this statement on the PSC Delegate Assembly listserv explaining why he couldn’t support the resolution to endorse Bill de Blasio for re-election.
An endorsement of Bill de Blasio for re-election would be inconsistent with the progressive principles of the PSC.
We Should Receive Support In Return For Our Endorsement
We should only endorse candidates who pledge to support our most important demands. For instance, we support the CUNY Student Bill of Rights, which among other things calls for adjuncts to “have secure positions and pay parity with their full-time colleagues.” Political candidates should be asked: “Which of these goals can you publicly support and advocate for?” Their answers should determine our endorsements.
Does de Blasio support the CUNY Student Bill of Rights or our demands for full funding of CUNY? There’s no evidence he does. And what was his reaction to Cuomo’s proposal to cut state funding to CUNY by 4.1% — the worse CUNY budget in many years – and to raise tuition by $1250 over five years? In his City Hall budget presentation on January 24, de Blasio praised Cuomo’s “tuition plan” (which will not benefit any student with a course load under 15 credits a semester) and said nothing about the 4.1% proposed cut. Continue reading “Why We Should Not Endorse Bill de Blasio for Mayor”