The New York Metro Area Postal Union announced it is endorsing Pete Gleason in the First District City Council race. Gleason is one of four candidates trying to knock off two-term City Council member Alan Gerson in next month's Primary.
In a statement, Union President Clarice Torrence said, "We have endorsed Pete Gleason because we are working people, union people, who live and work in New York City . Pete has been one of us and understands our plight. He also understands the impact of post office closings on a community. We look to Pete Gleason to be a voice for all working people on the city council in this time of crisis.”
Gleason, now an attorney, served a New York City police officer and firefighter. In the statement, he said, "Post Offices are a focal point of our communities. The Pitt Street post office on the Lower East Side and the Battery Park City Retail Post Office on Rector Street are essential parts of our neighborhoods. We cannot afford to lose them.”