January 30, 2014 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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Assemblyman Brindisi and Mayor Palmieri to Speak at WFP Event

Utica, NY: The Oneida-Herkimer-Madison Counties Chapter of the Working Families Party announced today that it will be holding its first fundraiser on Thursday, January 30. Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and Mayor Robert Palmieri of Utica will be the keynote speakers for the event.

Celebrating its 15 years of progressive victories in New York State, the Winter Party will be held on Thursday, January 30 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Stiefvater Room, 618 Varick Street, Utica. Tickets may be purchased either by contacting John Furman (315-725-0974), Jesse Lenney(585-414-4274), or Robert Muñoz (310-717-6648). Tickets may also be purchased online at the following link:


John Furman, one of the local leaders of the party, said: “Founded in 1998, the Working Families Party has emerged as one of the most potent forces for progressive politics in New York State. In 2013, the election of Bill de Blasio as Mayor of New York City was a notable victory. We provided the margin of victory in local and state races, including the Utica mayoral race in 2011. Our local group in Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison Counties hopes to continue these victories in 2014.”

The Working Families Party platform supports living wage jobs, affordable housing, accessible health care, better public schools, and more investment in public services. It has been successful in organizing campaigns to increase the minimum wage, reform the Rockefeller drug laws, enact a Green Jobs Program, and restore funding for public schools in New York State.

The Working Families Party was organized by a coalition of community and labor groups including the Communication Workers of America, SEIU, Teamsters, Citizen Action of New York, and neighborhood and community groups. The Central New York Citizens in Action (formerly the Utica Citizens in Action) as well as area unions such as the CWA and UAW helped to organize the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison WFP organization. The party has expanded to several states such as Connecticut, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Oregon.