Speaker Heastie Statement on the Passing of 32BJ SEIU President Héctor Figueroa

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Héctor Figueroa, one of the great champions of today’s labor movement and of the rights of all people.

Héctor spent his career fighting to improve people’s lives. In addition to being a friend, he was a critical partner in the progressive policies we fought for in the Assembly Majority, and were finally able to achieve this year. His leadership as President of 32BJ SEIU has put them at the frontline fighting for social and economic justice, voting rights, immigrants’ rights and environmental protections. Héctor's dedication to labor and human rights was unmatched.

My heart goes out to Deidre, Eric and Elena, as well as his friends and union brothers and sisters. He will be dearly missed.