Victories: Elections, Issues, Organizing

2009:  WFP-supported candidates usher in a progressive landslide in New York City elections, achieving many historic “firsts.”

2009:  The WFP spearheads a grassroots coalition that wins passage of a historic Green Jobs program that will make one million New York homes and businesses more energy efficient and help create thousands of badly needed jobs.

2009:  With Albany considering massive cutbacks to education, healthcare, and other vital services, the WFP leads a successful fight to raise taxes on the wealthy, preventing the worst of the cuts.

2008: The WFP helps take back the State Senate after 30 years of right-wing Republican rule, and gets more than 150,000 votes for Barack Obama on its ballot line.

2008: After taking the ‘circuit breaker’ from the margins to the mainstream, the WFP’s plan for real property tax relief passes through the State Assembly.

2008: WFP members and canvassers trudge through the snow to help Democrat Darrel Aubertine win a shocking upset in the North Country. The victory thins the Republican Senate majority to just one seat.

2007: WFP’s campaign to provide paid family leave for all New York workers moves the issue to the top of the agenda for the legislature and new governor.

2007: After Republican State Senator Mike Balboni resigns to take Homeland Security post, WFP leads successful campaign of Democrat Craig Johnson to claim his Long Island seat.

2007: WFP leads the New York is Our Home campaign to preserve affordable housing in New York, especially the endangered Mitchell-Lama buildings. In May, thousands of people form a human chain around Stuyvesant Town to protest the new owner’s plan to move to market rents.

2007: WFP plays a critical role beating back anti-immigrant legislation in Suffolk County.

2006: WFP share of the statewide vote reaches a record 3.5 percent. WFP provides margin of victory in County Legislature races in Broome, Sullivan and Rockland Counties, and in two Assembly races.2006: County Executive Tom Suozzi signs Nassau County living wage bill into law.

2006: WFP’s Take Back Congress targets vulnerable Republican Congressmembers in New York State and Connecticut. Three of our four priority candidates – Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-20), Mike Arcuri (NY-24) and Chris Murphy (CT-5) – captured Republican-held seats and joined the new majority.

2006: WFP leads campaign for statewide Fair Share for Health Care law, which would win employer-sponsored insurance for half a million New York workers.

2006: With the teachers union, WFP wins passage through both houses of bill granting union rights to 50,000 home-based childcare workers.

2006: WFP helps Ken Diamondstone challenge powerful Democratic State Senator Marty Connor in a campaign focused on out-of-control development in Brooklyn. Diamondstone loses narrowly.

2005: WFP launches In This Together, a successful campaign to pressure New York state’s Congressmembers to oppose Social Security privatization.

2005: Syracuse finally passes living wage law.

2005: WFP leads fight to block tax cut on incomes over $500,000 in New York City.

2005: Suffolk County passes Fair Share for Health Care Act, requiring “Big Box” stores like Wal-Mart to cover health care costs for its employees.

2005: WFP runs two TWU members for office and wins: Kate Browning defeats Republican Suffolk County Legislature majority leader. Darlene Mealy beats the patriarch of a local political dynasty, Frank Boyland, for a seat on the New York City Council. Corey Ellis wins seat on the Albany Common Council running on WFP-line alone.

2004: WFP wins two-dollar increase in state minimum wage when the Republican State Senate overrides the Governor’s veto. An estimated 1.2 million New York workers see their wages increase as a result of this historic victory.

2004: WFP receives over 169,000 votes for Chuck Schumer for U.S. Senate – a 50,000 vote increase from our previous record.

2004: WFP line provides margin of victory in three upstate races: Brian Higgins for U.S. Congress, David Valesky’s defeat of incumbent State Senator, and Susan John’s reelection to Assembly. On Staten Island, WFP Executive Board member Diane Savino wins election to State Senate.

2004: WFP runs candidate against incumbent Albany DA in Democratic primary, defeats him in a historic upset. Main issue is Rockefeller drug laws, of which incumbent (like most DAs) is staunch supporter. Victory leads to long-awaited reform of drug laws.

2004: WFP convinces NYC City Council to restore deep cuts in legal aid services (for poor and indigent) proposed by Mayor Bloomberg. Union representing legal aid workers describes WFP as “most important factor” in preserving their agency.

2004: WFP helps kill a bill that would allow local governments to privatize some aspects of property tax collection. Allies in state Assembly say WFP opposition was decisive in preventing passage. Done quietly, but effectively, and shows WFP’s growing skill at operating within the legislature.

2003-04: Election of first WFP-only officials – Letitia James to New York City Council and Lucille McKnight to Albany County legislature.

2003: With SEIU 1199 and United Federation of Teachers, WFP successfully pressures state legislature to override Gov. Pataki’s deep budget cuts.

2003: WFP leads the fight for solving the New York City budget crisis through progressive revenue increases, not deep service cuts.

2003: WFP plays central role in defeating Bloomberg’s proposal to eliminate party primaries in New York City elections.

2003: WFP helps pass stronger lead-paint legislation in NYC. This was central issue in our endorsement process for City Council candidates.

2003: WFP helps pass two NYC bills on behalf of immigrants — one requiring City agencies to provide translation services, the other forbidding them to ask about or report on clients immigration status. Again, used endorsement process to elevate these bills with Council members.

2003: WFP runs independent slate of WFP-only judges in Brooklyn and Staten Island against those chosen by Democratic leadership, which is widely perceived to be corrupt. Receives about one third of the vote, and a huge amount of publicity for WFP as the good-government party.

2003: In Democratic primary in Syracuse, WFP candidate defeats incumbent member of Common Council who had broken campaign pledge to support living wage bill.

2002: Based on statewide election results, WFP moves up the ballot to Row E, while the Liberals and Greens lose ballot status.

2002: WFP leads the fight for solving the New York City budget crisis through progressive revenue increases, not deep service cuts.

2002: WFP line provides margin of victory in election of Tim Bishop to U.S. Congress in Suffolk County – the only defeat of a right-wing incumbent Republican that year anywhere in U.S. Bishop wins by 2,700 votes, with 2,900 on the WFP line.

2002: WFP successfully passes living wage in Westchester County, raising wages of 2,000 home health care and building service workers. Again, a direct result of electoral success — in this case running successful Democratic primary challenge against incumbent Assemblymember.

2002: Working with SEIU 32B-32J, WFP passes displaced-worker protection bill through City Council. The bill ensures that building service workers keep their jobs when building owners change contractors.

2001: WFP plays a substantial role in the jockeying to choose a new Speaker of New York City Council. Crain’s New York Business described WFP support as “key” to the eventual Speaker’s victory. Demonstrates value of being able to work within Democratic caucus.

2001: WFP leads successful living wage fight in Suffolk County, raising wages for approximately 4,000 workers, mostly in home health care and childcare. It’s the first living wage ever passed by a Republican legislature; passes only because WFP line provided margin of victory in key race.

2001: Together with ACORN, SEIU 1199 and other allies, WFP passes a living wage bill in New York City covering over 100,000 workers.

2000: 102,000 New Yorkers vote for Hillary Clinton on the WFP line, double the number of votes from two years earlier.

1998: WFP helps pass strong campaign finance legislation through the New York City Council.

1998: WFP gains official ballot status in New York State.

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