As the campaign season rumbles towards the September 10 primary date, unions are placing their thumb on the scale in an attempt to elect candidates sympathetic to their interests. Accordingly, the Transport Workers Union Local 100, comprising 38,000 bus and subway employees, released a wide range of endorsements today for City Council races across the five boroughs.
“TWU Local 100 is proud to announce our support for candidates who are the strongest Public Transportation and Labor candidates in their respective races,” union president John Samuelsen said in a statement.
While Assemblyman Rory Lancman trumpeted the endorsement of SEIU 1999 today and Assemblywoman Grace Meng rolled out a set of South Asian endorsements, a third Democratic candidate in the northeastern Queens congressional race they are all competing in, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, announced an endorsement of her own: Transport Workers Union Local 100.
“We think Elizabeth is going to be a dynamic new voice in Congress for New York’s working families,” the union’s president, John Samuelsen, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be endorsing a person with such a strong union background, and a person who we believe will advocate aggressively for a strong national policy for public transportation.”