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32BJ SEIU President Héctor Figueroa dead at 57

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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 3:18 pm

Héctor Figueroa of Jackson Heights, president of the powerful 32BJ SEIU property services union, died unexpectedly on Thursday night. He was 57. A heart attack was reportedly the cause of death.

Born to a union family in Puerto Rico, he moved to the Bronx in 1982. He first became involved in SEIU in 1995, working for its Justice for Janitors initiative and then serving as the union's director for Puerto Rico. 

In 2012, he was elected president of 32BJ SEIU. The union, having more than 163,000 members, is the largest one in the United States for the property services sector.

Figueroa is survived by his wife, Deirdre and two children, Eric and Elena.

New York leaders issued statements in response to his surprise passing.  

"Héctor was a champion for working people, minorities, the poor, the voiceless," Gov. Cuomo said.

“It’s impossible to put into words what Héctor meant to the men and women of 32BJ SEIU, to working people and to the labor movement," Mayor de Blasio said.

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