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Adams rallies with sanitation workers
BY GABRIELE HOLTERMANN
Mayoral candidate Eric Adams joined New
York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY)
employees at a rally in Queens on June 14,
demanding racial and gender pay equity.
The rally occurred as the latest poll has former
Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia running
a close second behind Adams in the race to become
the 110th mayor of New York City.
During the following Q&A, Adams addressed
claims that he was only criticizing Garcia because she
was second in the latest polls. He said that the sanitation
workers approached him when they learned that
their former boss was running for mayor.
“They reached out to me and said, ‘We need you to
highlight what is happening to us. We don’t want people
to vote for someone without knowing the record of how
she created an environment where Blacks, Hispanics
and women were treated unfairly,’” Adams explained.
Earlier this year, 13 Department of Sanitation enforcement
agents fi led a claim with the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the city,
alleging that women and minority employees were
subject to unequal pay at the agency and charging that
white and male employees make twice as much money
as their female and Black and Brown colleagues.
Surrounded by a group of New York’s Strongest,
representatives of other city agencies, and elected
offi cials, Adams called out the need to ensure equal
pay in all city agencies. He pointed out pay inequity
was not only prevalent in the DSNY but has seeped
into all city agencies.
Mayoral candidate Eric Adams stands with
DSNY city workers demanding racial and gender
pay equity at a rally on June 14.
Photo by Gabriele Holtermann
The leading mayoral contender referred to a City
Council study conducted last year revealing that
non-Hispanic workers earn $8,700 more than Latino
Black and Brown workers earn $7,600 less a year
than white workers. The analysis also showed that
male city workers earn $4,500 more than women
occupying the same position.
Calling the disparity in pay an embarrassment to
the city, Adams said that the results of this audit should
be made public “because if we don’t shed light on this,
then we’re never going to expose what it is” and called
for monthly audits.
Adams also promised that as mayor, he would
settle the lawsuit and that he would also take steps
to move civil servants to middle-class status.
“The greatest blemish on our city is that we have
people city workers who make salaries that have them
live in shelters. That is not acceptable,” he declared.
Who do they like?
need to know about
early voting for
June 22 primary
BY JENNA BAGCAL
Early voting for the June 2021 primaries
kicked off this weekend for some key races
in New York City including mayor, comptroller,
public advocate, City Council and borough
From Saturday, June 12, until Sunday, June 20,
voters can go to cast their ballots ahead of the
Tuesday, June 22, primary. This year’s primary
elections will use ranked-choice voting, which
allows voters to rank up to five candidates for
each city office. The mayor recently used a pizza
topping metaphor to explain ranked choice voting.
Voting.nyc also put out a helpful video to
guide people heading to the polls.
Ranked-choice voting will not be used for the
Manhattan district attorney race.
During the last year, early voting has proven
to be a popular option for voters who were not
able to get to the polls on election day. Just last
November, over 1 million New Yorkers came
out to cast their votes early for the presidential
Here is what you should know ahead of early
races to find out who is running for each of the
city offices. The Board of Elections also put out
of a list of who is running for each position.
For even more comprehensive political coverage
about every single candidate running for
office, visit politicsNY.com.
WHERE TO VOTE
Early voting is a lot like voting on election day,
except the hours are more flexible and there
are more opportunities to cast ballots. Find out
your early voting site, which often differs from
election day sites, at findmypollsite.vote.nyc or
by calling 1-866-Vote-NYC.
According to the BOE, there are 21 early
voting sites in Manhattan, 22 in the Bronx,
32 in Brooklyn, 19 in Queens and 10 on Staten
Here are the days and hours for all early voting
locations through June 20:
• Thursday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Friday, June 18, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Saturday, June 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Sunday, June 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WILEY, BAGGA CROSS-ENDORSE
New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley
and City Council District 26 candidate Amit Singh
Bagga issued a cross-endorsement.
Bagga and Wiley made the announcement in a
joint appearance at the Queensbridge Houses in
Long Island City.
“Amit is a dedicated and brilliant public servant
and a progressive champion who shares my vision
for the future of New York,” Wiley said. “From his
incredible work on the Census to his tireless advocacy
to make government work for working New
Yorkers, Amit is an inspiration.”
Bagga said he was “honored” to receive Wiley’s
“I could not be prouder to support Maya for mayor,
or be more honored to receive her endorsement for
District 26,” Bagga said.
VAN BRAMER SCORES FOUR
Queens borough president candidate Jimmy
Van Bramer, received four major worker rights’
endorsements: Retail, Wholesale and Department
Store Union (RWDSU), Make the Road Action, New
York Communities for Change, and Amazon Union
leader Christian Smalls.
“It’s incredible to have the support of this powerhouse
trio of workers rights organizations: Make
the Road Action, New York Communities for Change,
and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store
Union,” Van Bramer said. “We were on the front
lines fi ghting back against a multibillion-dollar tax
giveaway to the wealthiest, most anti-worker corporation
in the world — right here in Queens — and
together we won with and for workers. I’ve spent my
life defending working families like the one I came
from, and I’ll always put them fi rst.”
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