NYCDCC City Council Endorsements

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New York City District Council of Carpenters Endorses NINE Candidates in Key City Council Races

Carpenters Union selects diverse candidates who will advocate, protect, and stand up for the working class

New York, NY – In advance of a pivotal election year for New York City, the New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters (NYCDCC), a 20,000-member strong carpenters union, today announced its first slate of endorsements for nine candidates in key City Council races. The candidates represent a diverse set of ideologies that embody the union’s values and goals to protect the working class.

This year’s endorsements were a part of a bold union-wide initiative called Carpenters RISE that empowers membership to become directly involved in the political process in their communities and beyond. Each candidate participated in a rigorous member-led endorsement process, which included union members representing each candidate’s district.

“The District Council is excited to partner with these elected officials who are on the side of labor. The Council held an endorsement process where our members got to virtually meet the candidates and ask important questions pertaining to their communities and districts. Each of these candidates impressed the Council and our members with their dedication to labor and commitment to standing up and fighting side by side with us against unscrupulous contractors and those who would oppress the working class. I would also like to thank members for their renewed commitment to our political process and being part of this member-led decision process. Together with these candidates we will all RISE and create better futures for the working class.” – Joseph Geiger, Executive Secretary-Treasurer for the District Council of Carpenters

“Getting involved with our endorsement process was one of the best decisions I made. Now I know the union-backed candidate from my district represents me and my interests as a union carpenter. I believe safety standards, family-sustaining wages, and healthcare are rights that no employer should be allowed to take away – and my candidate does too.” – Charles Bullock, Local 926, District Council Member

“I’m blessed to be part of a union that seeks input from the members who live in the same districts as the candidates we are endorsing. That’s why I’m confident our endorsement and the partnership with my candidate will go far. I’m thrilled to take on the big issues, such as tax fraud, plaguing our communities with my candidate. In order for change to work, we must all RISE together!” – Alexandra Guadalupe, Local 212, District Council Member

Below is a list of candidates that have earned an endorsement from the New York City District Council of Carpenters:

Candidate District
Carlina Rivera Council District 2
Keith Powers Council District 4
Eric Dinowitz Council District 11
Ischia Bravo Council District 15
Francisco Moya Council District 21
Adrienne Adams Council District 28
Sandy Nurse Council District 37
Justin Brannan Council District 43
Farah Louis Council District 45


District 11: Eric Dinowitz 

“As a teacher and a proud UFT member, Eric knows the importance of union labor and has dedicated his life to helping disenfranchised workers. I am confident that Eric will continue to protect workers and members of the NYCDCC as City Council Member.” – Tammy Rivera, District Council Representative 

District 15: Ischia Bravo 

“Ischia Bravo knows this community better than anyone, and I trust her to put the needs of our community and union members above all. I am confident that her years of work to improve the district and protect our brothers and sisters in the NYCDCC will continue in the City Council.”

– Cecilia Smoker, Local 157, District Council Member  


District 2: Carlina Rivera 

“During her time in office, City Council Member Carlina Rivera has helped create hundreds of jobs for NYCDCC members—including myself. From negotiating with developers, to standing with us at rallies, Council Member Rivera has always been a friend to the Carpenters, and we are proud to continue our strong partnership.” – Samuel Caraballoso, Local 212, District Council Member 

District 4: Keith Powers 

“In a district with this much development, it is important to me and the entire NYCDCC community that we have a Council Member looking out for the needs of labor. Council Member Keith Powers always has unions in mind, and supports us in our fight for fair wages, worker protection, and the creation of better futures for New York’s workers. I am proud to join the NYCDCC in supporting him this year!” – Jeremy Milin, District Council Representative


District 21: Francisco Moya 

“Council Member Moya has stood with the Carpenters time and time again, whether it be at five in the morning or pouring rain. The Carpenters are proud to have such a strong ally and partner in the City Council, and I am so glad that we are once again supporting Francisco in his campaign for City Council” – Chris Ortiz, Local 45, District Council Member

District 28: Adrienne Adams 

“As a Queens resident, it is important to me that we are doing everything we can to support pro-labor politicians. That is why I am proud to support Adrienne Adams, a true friend to the Carpenters, in her reelection campaign” – Joe Reilly, District Council Representative  


District 37: Sandy Nurse 

“As a carpenter, Sandy Nurse knows firsthand that unions protect and represent workers, no matter what race, age, or gender. We need to make sure we have strong members in the City Council who can stand up for NYCDCC members, which is why I am so proud to support Sandy for District 37!” – Sinade Wadsworth, District Council Representative

District 43: Justin Brannan 

“Council Member Brannan has the energy, experience, and will work on issues that affect my brothers and sisters in labor, as well as my community. As a dedicated member of the NYCDCC and resident of South Brooklyn, I am proud to have leaders like Justin Brannan looking out for people like me.” – Ruben Colon, District Council Representative

District 45: Farah Louis 

“Since she joined the City Council, Farah Louis has consistently worked with the NYCDCC to understand the issues facing carpenters and how we can best protect New York’s working class. We are proud to support Council Member Louis and look forward to continuing our successful partnership!” – Joseph Moeller, Local 157, District Council Member 



The New York City District Council of Carpenters is a representative body comprised of nine individual Locals and 22,000 union members. The District Council functions as the voice for thousands of New York City’s most dedicated and skilled Carpenters, Millwrights, Dockbuilders, Marine Divers, Core Drillers, Timbermen, Concrete Carpenters, Cabinetmakers, Floorcoverers and Industrial Workers.