YONKERS, NY – Today, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) endorsed Congressman Jamaal Bowman for re-election in New York’s 16th Congressional District. NYSNA, which represents more than 42,000 nurses across New York State, is the largest union and professional association for nurses in the state. NYSNA’s endorsement of Congressman Bowman’s 2020 campaign proved to be a key turning point in his insurgent primary challenge.
“If the past year taught us anything it’s just how essential healthcare workers are to our country,” said NYSNA President Nancy Hagans, RN. “Our ability to strengthen our public health infrastructure and take action to support the frontline workers that risked their lives for us, depends on the leaders we elect. That is why, we are proud to endorse Congressman Jamaal Bowman, a leader in Congress who spent his first term in Congress supporting nurses, healthcare professionals, and our communities. We are proud to support his re-election campaign and look forward to having him in Congress for another term.”
“I am so proud to be endorsed by NYSNA,” said Congressman Jamaal Bowman. “Over the past 2 years, the COVID-19 pandemic hit our communities hard, especially Black and brown communities in my district. And while our communities have been fighting, nurses have been on the frontlines every single day putting their own lives at risk to save our loved ones. Now more than ever, we owe it to them to fight for better working conditions for our health care workers and health care for all. I am grateful to work with such incredible partners as NYSNA in this fight.”
In his first term in the House, Congressman Bowman was a vocal advocate for many of the top priorities for NYSNA—including economic justice, health care for all, and combating the climate crisis. Congressman Bowman was also a co-sponsor of and vocal advocate for the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, a historic proposal to strengthen the laws that protect workers’ right to organize and bargain.
The NYSNA endorsement adds to Congressman Jamaal Bowman’s strong support from organized labor which also includes the Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFSCME District Council 37, Council of School Supervisors & Administrators (CSA), and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. They join the ever-growing list of progressive organizations and officials that have endorsed Congressman Bowman for re-election, serving as a testament to the Congressman’s commitment to standing with the people of New York’s 16th Congressional District.
Congressman Bowman has also earned endorsements from the Working Families Party, The Jewish Vote, the Sunrise Movement, Community Voices Heard, Make the Road, NARAL, Brady PAC, the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators (CSA), NYPAN, NYIC, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and Arab American Democratic Action Fund.
Congressman Bowman is also proud to have the support of his congressional colleagues: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley.