*Press Release* 1199 Endorses Dr. Mathieu Eugene in 40th City Council District Special Election

Subject: *Press Release* 1199 Endorses Dr. Mathieu Eugene in 40th City Council District Special Election

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For Immediate Release:                                                                                  February 9, 2007


Union Backs Longtime Community Activist And Healthcare
Advocate In 40th City Council District Special Election

(New York, NY) 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East today announced its endorsement of Dr. Mathieu Eugene for New York City Council in the upcoming special election on February 20th.  Dr. Eugene is seeking the open seat vacated by former Council Member Yvette Clarke after she was elected to Congress last Fall.  The 40th Council district includes Flatbush as well as parts of Crown Heights and Midwood.

"1199 SEIU is proud to endorse Dr. Mathieu Eugene for City Council.  Dr. Eugene's dedication to the residents of this community is second to none.  He is a true community activist whose youth program has provided guidance and direction to hundreds of Brooklyn's young people," said Dennis Rivera, President of 1199 SEIU.  "Dr. Eugene's commitment to public service and his tremendous contributions to the community make him the best candidate for the City Council," added Rivera.

Dr. Eugene has established himself as a leader and activist in the Brooklyn community.  He is a member of Community Board #14 and is the founder and Director of Youth Education and Sports (YES), a youth program which promotes self-esteem, discipline, respect and skills development to prepare young people to be successful in school and life in general.  He has also led public health efforts in Brooklyn by conducting annual health fairs, screenings and free health services in some of the most medically isolated populations in the borough.

"I am honored to receive the endorsement of 1199 SEIU," stated Dr. Mathieu Eugene in accepting the endorsement.  "Many hardworking 1199 members live right here in the 40th Council district and I look forward to being a strong leader and voice for them and all working families as a member of the City Council.

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With 300,000 members in Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington D.C. and New York State, 1199SEIU is the largest and fastest growing healthcare union in the country.  Our mission is to achieve affordable, high quality healthcare for all.

Contact:        Leah Gonzalez
                1199 SEIU