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May 29th 2010

Contact: Laura Kavanagh (347)860-9276

Mark Levine Earns Endorsement of UFCW Local 1500

Union is First to Pick Sides in Open Schneiderman Seat

New York, New York – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW),
Local 1500, New York State’s largest labor union representing
supermarket workers, with over 23,000 members, endorsed Mark Levine
today for the 31st State Senate seat.

“Mark Levine has an impressive record as a community activist and
leader,” said Pat Purcell, Political Director of UFCW. “He has a
decade’s long record of fighting for working families and he
understands the importance of good jobs that can support and keep
working families in New York. We are proud to give our endorsement to
a progressive activist who we know will fight side by side with us in
the State Legislature.”

The 31st State Senate district seat became competitive when the
current State Senator Eric Schneiderman declared his campaign for New
York State Attorney General. UFCW if the first union to endorse in
this race. Mark has already received the endorsements of
Councilmember Robert Jackson and former New York City Public Advocate
Betsy Gotbaum, as well as numerous district leaders and local
community leaders.

“I am thrilled to receive the endorsement of UFCW Local 1500, because
I know we share the same goals in working to create jobs that provide
living wages and benefits to working families. I have always stood
with workers – on picket lines, in rallies and in lobbying our elected
officials in New York City and Albany. I am proud to have a powerful
force like UFCW Local 1500 standing with me in my campaign for the New
York State Senate.”

Mark Levine is a Democratic District Leader and community activist who
currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for
After-School Excellence. He began his career as a bilingual science
teacher in the Bronx, and went on to work for a number of non-profits
serving the education community. He is also a founder of Upper
Manhattan’s first and only community credit union, served on his
community board as the chair of the transportation committee, and in
2009, founded the Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan. He
lives in Washington Heights with his wife Ivelisse and their two sons.

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