NEW YORK, N.Y. – New York State United Teachers, the state affiliate of the city’s United Federation of Teachers, which represents approximately 200,000 members including teachers, classroom paraprofessionals, school secretaries and retired workers, has endorsed attorney and PTA activist Rebecca Seawright, Democratic candidate for the 76th  New York State Assembly District in Manhattan’s Upper Eastside and Roosevelt Island.

In making the announcement, UFT President Michael Mulgrew praised Seawright’s proven track record of championing public education and the needs of working-class New Yorkers.

“The UFT is proud to endorse Rebecca Seawright, who has distinguished herself by consistently fighting the good fight on behalf of better public schools and working families,” said Mulgrew. “She is a strong leader, and New Yorkers will benefit from having such a fierce and knowledgeable advocate in their corner.”

“I am extremely proud to receive the endorsement of the United Federation of Teachers,” said Seawright. “Teachers and home-based child care workers play an indispensable role in providing our City’s children a better future, and as public advocate, I will continue to stand up for their needs and rights. Together, with the over 200,000 teachers and providers UFT represents, we can make real change in this election and in reforming our City’s education system.”

Today’s announcement is the latest set of early endorsements of Seawright, with the UFT/NYSUT joining a series of highly regarded prominent leaders including marriage equality champion Edie Windsor, Roe v. Wade attorney Sarah Weddington, NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, Public Advocate Tish James, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Senator Liz Krueger, Senator José M. Serrano, Assembly Member Dan Quart, City Councilmember Daniel Garodnick, and Councilmember Ben Kallos.