District Council 37 Endorses Michael Blake for Congress (NY-15)


New York, NY – Today, District Council 37 has announced its endorsement of Michael Blake, 2020 Congressional Candidate for New York’s 15th District. DC37 is a division of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and is the largest public employee union in New York City, representing 150,000 members, including 9,000 within New York’s 15th District.

Throughout his career, Michael Blake, who currently serves as Assemblymember of the 79th District of New York, has demonstrated a commitment to improving the lives of hardworking union members. He won the endorsement of DC37 for standing as a dedicated ally of labor and pledging to protect unions so they can continue to provide critical services for their constituents.


I thank Executive Director Henry Garrido and the Executive Board for their continual remarkable leadership from negotiating lower healthcare costs to ensuring benefit protection to all of the members, ranging from crossing guards to social workers, healthcare aides to accountants. DC37 believes in our vision for healthcare, housing, EMS parity and economic justice for the Bronx, and, we will win together through our ground game and field mobilization.


Executive Director of DC 37 Henry Garrido said “Michael Blake has worked diligently in the NYS Assembly to improve the quality of life for working families. At such a turbulent time in the life of our country, the South Bronx needs a strong, progressive voice in Washington, DC to push back against the powerful forces that have ignored the plight of the poor, offered unnecessary and harmful tax cuts to a privileged few and tried hard to crush the American labor movement. Michael’s vision of an America that contains a level playing field addresses issues that our members care about most – affordable health care, quality education, good-paying jobs and retirement security. That’s why DC 37 endorses him to be the next member of the US House of Representatives from the Bronx’s 15th Congressional District.”

This major endorsement continues the momentum of the Blake For Congress campaign, following endorsements of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, The Collective PAC, DC9 Painters, the New York City Carpenters and six Members of Congress.

Together, we #BelieveInTheBronx




District Council 37, which has 62 active locals, is New York City’s largest public employee union, with 150,000 members working in over 1,000 job titles.

DC 37 is also part of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), which has over 1.6 million members across the country.