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The city emergency ambulance service workers’ unions are backing Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for mayor.
FDNY EMS Local 2507 represents 4,000 emergency medical technicians and paramedics who were on the front lines during the worst of the coronavirus outbreak — the first to treat COVID-19 patients on the scene before transporting them to hospitals.
“The past 15 months of this terrible pandemic have been beyond comprehension for New York City and for the heroic members of the FDNY EMS, who have worked around the clock at great risk to themselves to care for New Yorkers in need.” said Local 2507 president Oren Barzilay.
“Our members are the lowest paid first responders in the city, even as we face increasing violence against us as we do our jobs. Eric Adams recognizes the value of our EMTs, Paramedics, and Fire Inspectors. As a former first responder himself, he understands the difficulty of our job and the importance of improving public safety for all New Yorkers.
Barzilay added, “The next mayor will face enormous challenges leading our city’s recovery. We are certain Eric Adams is the right person to make our streets safer, strengthen our communities, and provide EMS and other first responders the support and respect they need to help all New Yorkers make it through to the other side of this pandemic.”
The union representing EMS officers —Local 3621 — also is endorsing Adams at an event Friday afternoon.
Adams, a retired NYPD captain, has secured the lion’s share of endorsements from the uniformed services — including unions representing fire officers, correctional officers working in city jails, court officers and bridge and tunnel officers.
Adams vowed to address the pay disparity of these essential workers.
EMS workers, mostly black and Latino and majority women, get paid as little as $33,320 in their first year of service, just above minimum wage for a full-time worker, he said.
“As a former first responder, I am humbled to have earned the support of our hard-working paramedics, who have sacrificed so much fighting on the frontlines of this pandemic,” Adams said.
“Our EMTs, paramedics, and fire inspectors deserve our City’s thanks and respect, but for years they have been shamefully denied basic pay equity. As mayor, I will not stand for discrimination against workers, especially not the women and men who have put their lives at risk to save ours day after day.”
Adams has also secured the endorsements of other major unions — including Transport Workers Union Local 100, District Council 37 and the Hotel Trades Council.
Rival Maya Wiley has won the backing of key unions representing health care workers — the NYS Nurses’ Association and SEIU Local 1199. The nurses’ union said Adams was their second choice.
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