Council 37 will launch a major voter registration campaign this year to increase
the number of registered voters in the union and throughout the metropolitan area.
This year the term-limits law promises to leave at least 36 of 52 City Council
seats vacant and up for grabs. New Yorkers also will choose a new mayor, Public
Advocate and City Comptroller in the November 2001 elections, and a new governor
We cannot underestimate the importance of the upcoming
elections, said Michael Keogh, associate director of the DC 37 Political
Action and Legislation Department. We have the opportunity to change the
face of politics in this city. We will choose our new boss, and the outcome of
these political contests will affect every union members job.
Last year DC 37s Political Action team registered 8,500 new voters
from the unions ranks. And these new voters helped DC 37 deliver the vote:
In New York State, every political candidate endorsed by DC37 won.
year we will be reaching unregistered members with phone calls and mailings,
said Legislative Aide Marietta Kremmidas. The union will also enlist local presidents,
shop stewards and DC 37 community associations in training their members for voter
registration, she said.
The Political Action and Legislation Dept. plans
to sponsor voter registration drives at work sites and later in neighborhoods
throughout the city. To vote in this years primary election on Sept. 11,
the registration deadline is August 17.
With the goal of registering
100 percent of all eligible union members by June, District Council 37 aims to
build a greater constituency poised to flex its political muscle and elect officials
who are sensitive to the issues and concerns of union members.
lessons we learned from the Florida debacle are evident: The fight for the right
to vote is an ongoing battle, Mr. Keogh said.
The right to
vote is precious. Every vote does count. We have to be vigilant about protecting
that right, because we know there are forces in this country that will try to
subvert our members right to vote, he added.