SEIU 32 BJ Endorses Laurie Cumbo



April 19, 2013

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SEIU 32BJ’s Hector Figueroa Heralded Cumbo’s Understanding of Working Class Life in Brooklyn

(BROOKLYN, NY) – Service Employees International Union 32BJ which represents more than 125,000 men and women in New York, today announced its support for Laurie Cumbo, Democratic candidate for 35th District City Council. SEIU 32BJ President Hector Figueroa recognized Cumbo’s first hand knowledge of growing up in a union household in Brooklyn. 

“Laurie Cumbo has placed workers rights at the forefront of her campaign,” 32BJ President Hector Figueroa said. “From paid sick leave to better access to health care, Ms. Cumbo is fighting for the issues that matter to our members. Not only does she serve as a living example of the pathway to the middle class that unions create, she has vowed to protect and preserve that pathway for others.”

“Today’s announcement is thrilling,” Laurie Cumbo, Candidate for 35th District City Council said. “I come from a union home and having the support of 32BJ is significant to me personally. The members of 32BJ are vital to our community, they serve to protect and ensure our homes and apartments are in top shape and often solve problems before tenants even notice them. I am excited to work with such a strong team on my campaign and work with them in the City Council.”

SEIU 32BJ, representing 125,000 members, including 70,000 in New York, 32BJ is the largest property services union in the country. Its members serve our community as security officers, porters, maintenance workers, window cleaners, and food service workers. 32BJ is affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, a labor union representing over 2 million workers and is based in New York City.          


More on 35th City Council Candidate Laurie Cumbo:

  • Laurie Cumbo is a cultural leader, entrepreneur, activist, college professor, educator, lecturer and small business owner working in the not-for-profit sector, Cumbo has dedicated her life to community development and preserving the dynamic elements of diversity that have made Brooklyn, New York what it is today.
  • She has worked at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, WNET Channel 13, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Grey Art Gallery.
  • At the age of twenty-two, while pursuing her graduate studies at NYU, Cumbo used her course work and thesis as a guide for developing the business plan for MoCADA, Brooklyn’s first Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts. She incorporated MoCADA as a 501c3 non-profit institution with enthusiastic support from the Brooklyn community of Bedford Stuyvesant and surrounding neighborhoods
  • Cumbo served as a graduate professor in the School of Art & Design at Pratt Institute from 2001 – 2011 in the Arts and Cultural Management Program. She is also a member of ARTTABLE, the American Association of Museums, the National Alliance of African and African American Art Support Groups, the Cultural Equity Group, the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance and the Spelman College Alumni Association. She is an alumna of Achieving Leadership’s Purpose (ALP), Jack and Jill of America Brooklyn Chapter and Delta Sigma Theta Brooklyn Chapter Teen Lift.
  • She is a graduate of the Berkeley Carroll Day School in Park Slope and Brooklyn Technical High School in Fort Greene. She is also a graduate of Spelman College with a degree in Fine Art. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Visual Arts Administration from New York University. During her education she has studied at the Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands and the Fuji Studios in Florence, Italy.


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