2019 Labor Power 100

September 04, 2019  
The Mezzanine
55 Broadway, New York, NY 10005
6:30PM - 8:30PM
Celebrating Labor’s Most Powerful
Event Description

Celebrating Labor’s Most Powerful

The heart of New York’s economy and politics lies in labor, the city’s workers and unions. This massively influential community is being recognized by City & State through the Labor Power 100 list and a special reception on September 4th, where the issue will be debuted. This event will spotlight distinguished public officials, labor organizers, activists, academics, industry leaders, and others, as they come together for a unique networking opportunity.

Senator Andrew Gounardes
Chair, Committee on Civil Service and Pensions
State Senator Andrew Gounardes represents New York’s 22nd State Senate District, which includes the neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Gravesend, Gerritsen Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Marine Park. He was elected to the State Senate in November 2018 and serves as the Chair of the Committee on Civil Service & Pensions. In that role, he stands up for the rights of public servants and first responders. Born and raised in Bay Ridge, Senator Gounardes’ passion for public service began as an aide to former City Councilmember Vincent Gentile. and as a Legislative Aide for Investigations in the United States Senate. Prior to being elected, he served as Counsel to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and a trustee of the New York City Employees’ Retirement System, one of the largest municipal pension funds in the country. Following Superstorm Sandy, Andrew co-founded Bay Ridge Cares, an organization that prepared 25,000 hot meals for victims after the storm. As a member of the Riders Alliance, he organized and formed the Concerned R Train Riders to fight for better service and demand handicapped accessible subway stations in South Brooklyn. Senator Gounardes also worked with Bay Ridge Advocates for Keeping Everyone Safe (B.R.A.K.E.S.) and successfully pressured lawmakers to allow speed cameras in school zones. In addition to his local and citywide involvement, Andrew is active at a national level on issues affecting the Greek community. He is a member of the Hellenic American Leadership Council, a network of Greek-American leaders from across the United States that promote civic involvement, human rights, and democratic values in and between the United States and Greece. Additionally, he is a founding member of the St. Andrew’s Freedom Forum, an international initiative that raises awareness of the denial of human rights and religious liberties of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church and recognizes human rights and religious freedom defenders throughout the world. Andrew has sat on the Board of Directors of Saint Basil Academy, a licensed resident child care facility for children who are orphaned or come from broken homes across the United States. Senator Gounardes graduated from Fort Hamilton High School before going on to earn degrees from Hunter College and the George Washington University Law School. He is honored to represent the 22nd District and fight for the issues most important to the constituents of Southern Brooklyn.
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