Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 endorsed City Councilmember Mark Treyger on Friday, marking the second time the Democratic incumbent has landed a major endorsement in as many weeks.
Treyger, seeking re-election in City Council’s District 47, will face off against Republican Ray Denaro in the general election on November 7. Treyger was endorsed by United Federation of Teachers (UFT) last week and now is backed by TWU Local 100’s public transit workers.
TWU Local President Tony Utano, who just took over for John Samuelsen after he was promoted to head the union at the national level, said Treyger has “proven his loyalty to working families and the issues they care about.” He encouraged the union’s residents in Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, and Sea Gate to throw their support behind Treyger.
On the transportation front as of late, Treyger has most prominently been an advocate for ferry service in Coney Island, calling on Mayor de Blasio and the city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to seriously consider Brooklyn’s southern coast when evaluating future ferry stops.
But he also has pushed for enhanced subway and bus service in a part of Brooklyn where residents have long felt neglected due to large swaths of under-serviced areas. Treyger recently lamented the slow B36 bus, which can take almost an hour to travel across Surf Ave.
He also has pushed for express train service on the F line, express X28 bus service on Saturdays, and the stretching of B64 service to Coney Island.
“In the midst of our city’s transit crisis, our local officials can’t turn their backs on the people that make our transportation system run,” Treyger said. “I stand with transit workers and their families and I will continue to advocate for fair compensation and respect from management for our transit workers and improved transportation options for all residents.”
Utano further praised Treyger’s work, not just as it relates to transport workers but also from the perspective of local residents.
“He has made it clear he understands the importance of good public transportation and has shown that he listens to the voice of the community when it comes to increasing access to the transportation we need,” Utano said.