New York, NY – Today, the Alliance of South Asian American Labor (ASAAL) a labor based community organization with 15 chapters nationwide, six of which are in the five boroughs, endorsed New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer for Mayor of New York. ASAAL,representing over 5,000 South Asian-American members citywide, hailed Stringer’s record of fighting for economic fairness, social justice, supporting strong unions, and delivering tangible results for workers – noting that Stringer was the clear choice to lead the city toward an equitable economic recovery. ASAAL represents South Asian-American workers with a mission to improve economic development, expand employment opportunities, and provide a voice and vehicle for greater South Asian-American and minority civic participation in New York City and across the country.
President and Founder of ASAAL Maf Uddin said: “Our member-volunteers have been on the frontlines keeping our city moving amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Our communities are hardworking and deserve a champion at City Hall who will fight for them and all New Yorkers. Scott Stringer is that champion. We’ve stood side-by-side with Scott for years and know that he’s a tenacious fighter for working people. The clear choice for us is Scott Stringer for Mayor, because we know that he’s been there again and again speaking out for workers rights, marching with us in the fight for fair wages, calling out abuse, and taking on corruption across the city. Scott will fight for an economic recovery that truly lifts up all New Yorkers. ASAAL is proud to endorse Scott Stringer by putting boots on the ground, engaging in extensive phone banking and we’re excited to campaign for him to be our next mayor.”
Comptroller Scott Stringer said: “ASAAL is a dedicated group of New Yorkers committed to fighting for the rights of South Asian-American workers all across the city – and I’m proud to have their support. ASAAL members are keeping our city moving and we wouldn’t be where we are as a city without them. I’m honored to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them in the fight for workers, immigrant rights, and vulnerable communities. If we’re going to keep our city moving, workers deserve dignity, a decent wage, and a fair shake. I’m committed to continuing the fight for fairness alongside ASAAL as Mayor and will do everything I can to ensure all working families are protected.”
ASAAL’s endorsement follows support for the Stringer campaign from prominent leaders and labor unions who represent the vanguard of New York City’s progressive movement, including:
Scott Stringer grew up in Washington Heights in the 1970s. He attended P.S. 152 on Nagle Avenue and I.S. 52 on Academy Street. He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Marble Hill and John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, a CUNY school.
Stringer was elected City Comptroller in 2013. Prior to serving as Comptroller, he was Manhattan Borough President from 2006 to 2013 and represented the Upper West Side in the New York State Assembly from 1993 to 2005. He and his wife, Elyse Buxbaum, live in Manhattan with their two children, Max and Miles.