In the congressional race uptown, 1199 went with Charlie Rangel over State Senator Adriano Espaillat, even though some unions (most notably the Correctional Officers Benevolent Association) are going with the challenger.
There are, otherwise, few surprises.
In the contested primary in Queens, the union went with Rory Lancman, a move signaled by the Working Families Party endorsement of the Assembly. In Brooklyn, they went with longtime progressive hero Nydia Velazquez over City Council Martin Dilan, Yvette Clark over Sylvia Kinard and joined most of the rest of their labor brethren by supporting Hakeem Jeffries over Charles Barron.
In the Hudson Valley, the group went with Sean Patrick Maloney, an endorsement no doubt helped along by his hiring of Jennifer Cunningham, a former executive at the union.
“During these difficult economic times, we need champions who will stand up for working families in Congress and fight attempts to gut the programs that built the middle class in this country,” said George Gresham, President of 1199 SEIU. “We are proud to support candidates who are committed to our core values and will advocate for issues critical to working Americans – quality healthcare for all, job creation and an economy that makes everyone pay their fair share. We are confident that each candidate we’ve endorsed will fight hard for all New Yorkers.”
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