Small Stands in Solidarity with Buffalo Teachers



Buffalo, New York -- State Senate candidate Amber Small is standing in solidarity with the Buffalo Teachers Federation as they fight for a new contract, 12 years after their last one expired.

Small stood before a crowd of over 3,000 at a rally outside of City Hall on Wednesday to protest the lack of progress in the contract negotiations. The main issues the teachers are disputing involve their pay, which is significantly lower than that of their counterparts in the suburbs, as well as class sizes.

Small joined President of the Buffalo Teachers Federation, Phil Rumore, President of New York State United Teachers Karen Magee, State Senator Tim Kennedy and other local leaders on the steps of Niagara Square, to speak to the crowd of over 3,000 people.

Regarding the ongoing negotiations, Small commented, “The role that teachers play in the lives of students cannot be understated. They, of course, play a major role from an educational standpoint, but they also can have a major impact outside of the classroom. When I was in high school, my mother passed away and my father had a heart attack shortly thereafter. It was my community that helped me get through this time, but that’s only half the story. In large part, it was my teachers. They drove me to school, they brought me to the hospital, one even brought me to my mother’s funeral. It was teachers who were there for me in a moment when I needed help the most. And I will do whatever it takes to make sure that every child has a teacher there for them.”

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Small serves as the Executive Director of the Parkside Community Association. In this role she is an advocate for 2,500 residents, working to enhance their quality of life through crime prevention, traffic calming, fair housing advocacy and more.  Amber also serves on the Board of Directors for B-Team Buffalo and proudly serves as Vice Chair of WEPAC, a nonpartisan group focused on increasing female involvement in politics and government. Amber is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, and resides in North Buffalo’s Parkside neighborhood with her family. New York's Sixtieth Senate District is located wholly in Erie County and includes the communities of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda, Kenmore, Grand Island, Hamburg, Orchard Park, Evans, Brant, and the City of Buffalo.  Small is endorsed by the Democratic Party, the Working Families Party and the Women’s Equality Party.