The Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body (WPCLB) is proud to endorse Emiljana Ulaj for Westchester County legislator, District 9. Candidates who are endorsed by the WPCLB show a commitment to helping workers organize, collective bargaining, fighting for workers’ rights and supporting good jobs.
Emiljana has shown her commitment to organized labor in her career. She works for the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) engaging members in political action and pushing policies to strengthen public schools.
Before her position with NYSUT, Emiljana worked for a champion in labor, state Sen. Shelley Mayer, pushing for Industrial Development Agency (IDA) reform and worker protections. Emiljana’s career also includes working for SEIU 32BJ representing more than 80,000 workers across different service industries in New York State.
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For Eleanor's Legacy, established in 2001 to recruit and train women candidates who support abortion rights, the stakes have never been higher.
"On our application we no longer ask if you support Roe," said Sophie Nir, executive director of the organization and its EL Action Fund. "We ask now, 'Do you support abortion access for all?'"
Ulaj said she sees support in New York, and in Westchester specifically, for candidates who are "unapologetically pro-choice, and who we do not even have a question about whether or not they are going to protect this right and expand this right."
A Croton-on-Hudson resident has announced her candidacy to run for the 9th District seat on the Westchester County Board of Legislators currently held by Chair Catherine Borgia, who will be term-limited at the end of the year.
Emiljana Ulaj former director of communications and strategic planning for state Sen. Shelley Mayer, described herself as a progressive candidate who will fight to “advance Westchester’s affordability, sustainability and accessibility” for residents in the district, which includes the Town and Village of Ossining, Town of Cortlandt and villages of Croton-on-Hudson, Buchanan and Briarcliff Manor.
“Serving my community has always been my way of giving back and ensuring others are afforded the same opportunities that were afforded my family,” said Ulaj, a Democrat. “I am running to be the next county legislator for the 9th District because I know what government can do to better the lives of those it serves when it is used as a tool for positive change – and I plan on fighting for that progress.”