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April 26, 2018 | Press Release


Rochester, NY – Today, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) endorsed Joe Morelle’s candidacy for Congress in the 25th District. Representing more than 600,000 members, including almost 30,000 in Monroe County, NYSUT is committed to improving the quality of education and healthcare in New York State.


“If there’s been one constant in Albany over nearly three decades, it’s that Joe Morelle has been a true friend to public education and working families,” said Andy Pallotta, President of NYSUT. “He embodies the best of what a public servant should be. Joe Morelle is a worthy candidate to accept the torch that beloved Congresswoman Slaughter carried for the district for so long.”


“As the proud husband of a retired schoolteacher, I am especially grateful to have the support of NYSUT and the many teachers and education professionals they represent,” said Morelle. “I have had the privilege to see firsthand how education extends far beyond the reach of the classroom to build the foundation of the earliest dreams of our children. Throughout my career I have been proud to advocate on behalf of New York’s schools, helping to secure historic investments in school aid, expand investment in early-education, and make higher education more affordable for our hardworking families. I will continue to build upon these investments in Washington and work to ensure students and teachers everywhere receive the essential support and resources they deserve.”


Morelle, who currently serves as a state Assemblymember representing the towns of Brighton, Irondequoit and parts of the city of Rochester, has spent a lifetime in public service working to advance the best interests of his community. In the Assembly, Morelle has successfully fought for historic increases in school aid, worked to expand pre-kindergarten and full-day kindergarten programs, secured new after-school slots in high-need districts, increased access to early college programs, and voted to enact the Excelsior Scholarship to make higher education more affordable for working families.

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