BROOKLYN DISTRICT ATTORNEY ERIC GONZALEZ RECEIVES THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE UNITED FEDERATION OF TEACHERS
Mulgrew calls Gonzalez, “a seasoned leader who parents and teachers can count on.”
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – (Brooklyn, NY) – Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today was joined by United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew to receive the union’s endorsement.
“I am proud to receive the endorsement of the UFT,” said Gonzalez. “As your DA, I am committed to supporting the hard-working men and women of labor who provide opportunities for working families like mine. With the support of Mike Mulgrew and our city’s teachers, we will continue to keep Brooklyn safe, reduce incarceration rates, provide second chances for young adults, and ensure equal justice for all Brooklyn families.”
“Eric Gonzalez is a seasoned leader who parents and teachers can count on,” said Mulgrew. “He worked to reverse wrongful convictions and helped develop programs to target the most dangerous offenders in Brooklyn to drive down violent crime, while still diverting low-level offenders – particularly young people – from the criminal justice system.”
Under Gonzalez’ leadership, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office partnered with the UFT to start an internship program connecting high school students with assistant district attorneys. The program offers students an intimate look at the criminal justice system to help them assess their study skills and aid them in successfully identifying and pursuing their career passions.
“Like the UFT, I believe in the potential of Brooklyn’s young people. That is why I have worked every day to make sure we do everything in our power to keep them out of the criminal justice system and give them a second chance,” said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez also talked about his vision for the DA’s office that includes expanding the Immigration Unit to protect Brooklyn immigrants from getting deported unfairly and championing the Young Adult Court to help young men and women avoid the revolving door of arrest and incarceration.
The United Federation of Teachers represents approximately 200,000 members. They are the sole bargaining agent for most of the non-supervisory educators who work in the New York City public schools. The UFT represents approximately 75,000 teachers, 19,000 classroom paraprofessionals, 60,000 retired members, as well as school secretaries, attendance teachers, guidance counselors and more. The UFT also represent teachers and other employees at several private educational institutions and some charter schools.
Eric Gonzalez is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn. He was raised by a single mother for most of his youth, living first in Williamsburg. During the 1980’s, his family moved to East New York during the height of the city’s crack epidemic. Gonzalez is a graduate of John Dewey High School in Coney Island, Cornell University and the University of Michigan Law School where he was president of the Latino Law Student Association. He is married and together they have three young sons.
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