City Council candidate Pete Gleason announced a short time ago he's won the endorsement of the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, Local 94. In a not so-veiled slam of incumbent Alan Gerson, a press release from Gleason stated, "Unlike endorsements from other elected officials, my brothers at the UFA know what kind of job I’ll do.” Gerson, who's represented District 1 in the City Council for 8 years, was recently endorsed by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. This afternoon, the Gerson campaign is expected to announce another endorsement from an unnamed "citywide official." Gleason was a police officer and firefighter.
Yes, other politicians HAVE endorsed Alan Gerson. And so did the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of New York City and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, among many, many other prominent people, unions and groups – more than two dozen.
Perhaps those few who Gleason claims endorsement from haven’t read the Village Voice article explaining that he offers a misleading version of his history. That article can be read at http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2009/08/district_1_coun.php
I hope that you’ll allow this post, Ed, but I think people should read the Village Voice article before calling Gleason a firefighter.
Wayne Barrett usually does good reporting but that particular VV piece smacks of poor research and maybe “hit job”. I spoke to one of Petes’s supporters about the article and they claim at least 15 factual errors.
Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt …….
Since when was serving this country and city honorably a problem for Gerson supporters
May the best candidate win!
Good Luck to all
Who takes the Village Voice seriously anymore?
If you don’t think Gleason volunteered his health fighting for the people of NYC, take a look of him on The Pile, cleaning up the debris after the 9/11 attack.
I know for a fact Gerson never set foot down there for weeks. He lives north of Houston, and no one was permitted south of Houston for over a week, and no one was allowed south of Canal for over a month. ID with address was required to pass. Unless you volunteered on The Pile.
Gerson was safe at home with his parents while Gleason was a hero.
‘Nuff said, end of story.
Obviously the Gleason camp has nothing else better to do than sit on blogs all day. They should at least be doing research and educating their candidate on facts so he looks more informed.
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