Oct. 21, 2014

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UUPers get out the vote for endorsed candidates

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UUPers Kiko Franco, right, and Arty Shertzer get an enthusiastic reception from a voter as they volunteer their time to support Rep. Tim Bishop.

Franco, Old Westbury Chapter president, and Shertzer, Stony Brook Chapter president – didn’t let a soggy day stop them from going door-to-door for Bishop, a NYSUT-endorsed candidate seeking re-election to Congress. UUP President Fred Kowal and statewide VPP Philippe Abraham also combed the same Stony Brook neighborhood on behalf of Bishop.

UUPers also worked the phones for Bishop’s campaign. Statewide Secretary Eileen Landy, right, and Irene Stern of Stony Brook HSC called about 200 voters from Bishop’s campaign headquarters in Farmingville urging them to vote for the congressman. Barbara Maertz of Farmingdale also made calls for Bishop.

The political activity on Long Island took place in between two chapter meetings, the first on Oct. 21 at SUNY Old Westbury and the second Oct. 22 at SUNY Farmingdale.

Kowal attended both meetings, using the occasion to urge more UUPers to get active in the campaigns of endorsed candidates through canvassing, phone banks and contributions.

“We need feet, phones and funds,” Kowal told nearly 100 members at the Old Westbury Chapter meeting.

“Our political opponents want to eliminate unions, so these elections matter,” he said. “UUP is backing candidates that support public education and other issues critical to our members.”

Kowal also urged members in both Old Westbury and Farmingdale to contribute to VOTE-COPE, NYSUT’s political fundraising arm.

“We need the money from VOTE-COPE to get a friendly state Legislature elected and Congressmen who will be taking up issues important to us. VOTE-COPE gives you more say in what happens in the political system,” he said.

Before and after his trip to Long Island, Kowal volunteered to rally voter support for three state senators facing tough re-election bids. He praised Sens. Cecelia Tkaczak (D-Duanesburg), Ted O’Brien (D-Irondequoit) and Terry Gipson (D-Rhinebeck) as friends of public higher education during interviews on Time Warner Cable’s Capital Tonight on Oct. 20 and public radio’s Capital Pressroom Oct. 23. Both programs air across much of upstate New York.

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