A powerful New York hotel union is going to back de Blasio’s presidential bid

The New York Hotel Trades Council will endorse de Blasio at a Wednesday afternoon event
June 05, 2019 01:00PM

HTC president Peter Ward and Mayor Bill de Blasio (Credit: Getty Images)

HTC president Peter Ward and Mayor Bill de Blasio (Credit: Getty Images)

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s presidential campaign may not have much support from the real estate industry, but at least one powerful union wants him to get the nation’s top job.

The New York Hotel Trades Council plans to endorse de Blasio for president in an event at its midtown headquarters on Wednesday afternoon, according to Politico. It will be the first union endorsement de Blasio’s campaign receives. His first endorsement came from the mayor of a small town in South Carolina, according to the New York Post.

The union represents about 35,000 workers in New York’s hospitality industry, and de Blasio has consistently stood by them during his time as mayor on issues ranging from zoning rules to a fight against Airbnb.

HTC has returned the support by mobilizing its members to back some of de Blasio’s top priorities, such as establishing universal pre-kindergarten and rolling out his affordable housing plan.

“Bill de Blasio’s record of progressive policy victories is a double threat to those who have declared war on working families — he gets us and he gets things done,” HTC president Peter Ward told Politico in a statement. “Our union has had a front row seat to see how Bill has made New York a safer and more equitable place for working families.”

De Blasio is among roughly two dozen Democratic candidates, and he had the highest unfavorable ratings in a Quinnipiac poll released in late May, at 35 percent. [Politico] – Eddie Small