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Barzilay, Rest of '2507' Incumbents Win Easily

Posted 8/7/20

Oren Barzilay, the president of Emergency Medical Service Local 2507 of District Council 37, led his slate to a resounding re-election victory, garnering more than 75 percent of the vote to best Paramedic Dave Cook by a count of 643-189.

The big win came as the union looked to resume contract talks with the de Blasio administration next month. While Mr. Barzilay has made clear that his goal is to sharply close a $35,000 salary gap that exists between veteran Emergency Medical Technicians and Firefighters, the talks will take place as the city sinks deeper into its worst fiscal crisis in 45 years and has limited other municipal worker--including uniformed employees--to raises averaging slightly more than 2 percent annually.

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