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Khader Makes the Grade with Yonkers Federation of Teachers Endorsement

Union representing city's nearly two thousand public school teachers backs local attorney and former CIA operative to unseat incumbent Council President Liam McLaughlin; announcement comes just days before Democratic convention

Teamsters Local 456 President Lou Picani (third from left) stands by Yonkers City Council President candidate Mike Khader (fourth from left) stand by other Teamsters members at the union’s headquarters in Elmsford for a rally in support of Mike Khader, Monday, April 17th

MIke Khader, Esq., practices law in the City of Yonkers.

Mike Khader get endorsements from Yonkers Teachers and Teamsters Local 456 to serve as Yonkers City Council President.

Yonkers – Touting his strong support for public school teachers, the Yonkers Federation of Teachers (YFT) is announcing its endorsement of Democrat Mike Khader to serve as Yonkers City Council President. With the YFT’s endorsement, the local attorney and former CIA operative gains a new major supporter in the days leading up to Wednesday’s nominating convention by the Yonkers Democratic Committee.

“The Yonkers Federation of Teachers is proud to endorse Mike Khader for City Council President,” said Pat Puleo, President of Yonkers Federation of Teachers. “As a public school parent and product of the city’s school system, Mike Khader understands the needs of teachers and their students. We know that with Mike in the City Council, the YFT will have a strong friend and ally.”

“Yonkers needs a City Council President who makes our public schools a priority,” said Samantha Rosado-Ciriello, YFT elementary VP and Staff Director. “Mike Khader is someone who understands our needs and is willing to work with us to secure the educational services that are desperately needed for our students.”

“Mike Khader is a breath of fresh air,” said Florence McCue, YFT executive board member and Grievance Chair for the local. “His candidacy is inclusive and expansive, involving all of the city’s various constituencies and not just a select few. The students, parents, faculty and staff of the public schools will be well represented by Mike. This is what the students and teachers have always needed.”

“It’s an honor to have the endorsement of our city’s public school teachers,” said Mike Khader. “My wife and I send our three children to public schools because we believe in providing them with the tools to succeed, grow and contribute to their community. This is the promise that the Yonkers Federation of Teachers fights day-in and day-out to uphold, securing the resources that will allow every child to reach their full potential.”

Through its affiliation with New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) , the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and the National Education Association (NEA), Yonkers Federation of Teachers represents the city’s nearly two thousand public school teachers and over 1,300 retirees. For many decades, the union has led the fight to improve school funding.

The YFT’s endorsement comes full-circle for Khader, a lifelong resident of Yonkers who attended Lincoln High School and now sends his three children to local public schools in the city. The Democrat and first-time candidate is a successful business litigation attorney and the first in his family to graduate from college. Khader also served in the CIA, signing up for the renowned agency after the September 11th attacks in order to serve his country.

This latest endorsement comes on the heels of an endorsement rally last week at the Teamsters Local 456 Headquarters in Elmsford. The major support helps build the Khader campaign’s momentum going into the Wednesday nominating convention by the Yonkers Democratic Committee.

“The men and women of Teamsters Local 456 are proud to endorse Mike Khader for Yonkers City Council President,” said Lou Picani, president of Teamsters Local 456 at Monday’s April 17th union meeting and endorsement rally of Mike Khader. “When our country needed him, Mike Khader answered the call. This is just what we need on the Yonkers City Council, a leader who will stand up for working families and protect the values that make our country great. We know that Mike will be a strong defender of labor, and we look forward to partnering with him in the Council.”

Mike Khader will be appearing on the May 28th episode of the People Before Politics Radio show, 6:30-7:30 PM.


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