Embattled mayoral candidate and city Comptroller Scott Stringer won the endorsement of Teamsters Local 237 on Monday after its leader dismissed his accuser’s sexual misconduct claims.
“I don’t believe her story. I really don’t,” Teamsters Local 237 president Gregory Floyd told The Post, referring to ex-Stringer campaign aide Jean Kim.
“I know Scott a long time. I knew his mother before I knew him. That’s just not his behavior… I question the timing. The same day he puts out his first campaign ad.”
Teamsters Local 237 represents 24,000 city government employees — including school safety agents, security officers in public hospitals and homeless shelters and workers in New York City Housing Authority complexes.
Floyd told Stringer that he still had his unions’ support late last week — while an avalanche of progressive lawmakers and the Working Family Party rescinded their endorsements, following the bombshell groping accusations leveled against the current comptroller by Kim.
Stringer vowed to remain in the race despite the eroding support.
Kim, 49, accused Stringer of repeatedly sexually harassing her during his failed 2001 campaign for public advocate — including asking her, “Why won’t you f–k me!”
Stringer denied the allegations, claiming they had a consensual relationship.
A top issue for Teamsters Local 237 is blocking the city’s decision to transfer school safety agents from the supervision of the NYPD to the Department of Education.
Floyd said Stringer promised to revisit the issue.
“We know Scott, and we trust Scott, because throughout his time in public service, he has always stuck by his values. Scott will deliver a recovery and a city that puts working people first, and we’re proud to support him to be New York City’s next mayor,” Floyd said in a statement.
Stringer was thrilled to have some good news.
“I’m so proud to have the support of a group of New Yorkers who, throughout the pandemic, made the difficult decision to constantly put other people ahead of themselves. When many of us were staying home, they went to work — taking care of our school buildings, our public hospitals, and our NYCHA campuses without ever asking for special treatment,” Stringer said.
“I want to thank Greg Floyd for his leadership and partnership, and I look forward to working with the members of Local 237 to win this race and deliver for New Yorkers.”
Originally published at https://nypost.com/2021/05/03/teamsters-endorse-scott-stringer-for-mayor-reject-allegations/ on .