Since the primary season, NYSNA members have been mobilizing to elect leaders who will fight for nurses, healthcare professionals, our patients and working families in 2022 and beyond. Team NYSNA turned out – over 100 members knocked on nearly 10,000 doors, phone banked 32,000 labor households and rallied for healthcare champions. NYSNA partnered with fellow labor unions to elect pro-labor candidates, and last weekend, we rallied with the New York State AFL-CIO in Brooklyn to get out the vote.
Kathy Hochul made history by becoming the first woman elected as New York governor. All statewide NYSNA-endorsed candidates claimed victory at the top of the ticket with Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, Attorney General Letitia James, and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli all winning their re-elections.
We saw incredible victories for healthcare champions as Pat Ryan won a full term to U.S. Congress, Jessica Scarcella-Spanton was elected to the State Senate, Dana Levenberg won an Assembly seat and Pete Harckham won re-election to Senate in Westchester. Further upstate, Lea Webb won her election and became the first black woman elected in that region to the State Senate.
Aileen Gunther, a NYSNA champion and nurse, won re-election, and former State Sen. Jen Metzger won her race for Ulster County executive, where she will keep fighting for safe staffing and NYSNA priorities. New York held onto Democratic majorities in the State Senate and State Assembly.
Ballot measures in New York and New York City won by a landslide! Voters overwhelmingly said yes on four ballot proposals to protect our environment, guide our city government toward justice and equality, and enact the creation of a true cost of living measure to inform policy decisions.