Ever wonder what all those election emails, phone calls and mailings got us this past fall? Well, today I’ve got a good answer. Last fall we endorsed a lot of fantastic candidates, and some of the best were those that were running for the first time, in open seats, and helped bring a new crop of ideas and outlooks to the city council. Most of those candidates ended up winning, and last week when the City Council renewed the chairmanships for committees, a lot of our allies received plum assignments that will help affect NYC for years to come. For those of you in Queens; Karen Koslowitz, Jimmy Van Bramer, and Daniel Dromm will chair Consumer Affairs, Cultural Affairs, and Immigration respectively. In Brooklyn endorsed members Jumaane Williams (who’s been doing great work helping organize aid for Haiti), Brad Lander, and Steve Levin will chair the Oversight and Investigations, Landmarks, and Planning-Dispositions-Concessions committees respectively. In Staten Island, Debbie Rose (who made history by being the first elected African American in Staten Island history) will chair the Seniors Center committee while in Manhattan Speaker Quinn, who’s been one of our most stalwart allies in City Hall, retained her Speakership with a near unanimous vote. What, you may ask, does all this get Freelancers Union? Well, it depends on what you do to get involved and make sure that our friends, who we helped last fall, do not forget us. In the next few weeks we’ll announce our organizing effort for 2010 (hint- it has to do with people who don’t pay you money they owe) and ask for your involvement, ideas, and energy. But for today, realize that our efforts over the past few months helped ensure good people are in positions to help influence all of our lives for the better.