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Several unions endorse Leroy Comrie for state Senate

Stephon Johnson | 6/5/2014, 1:43 p.m.

Leroy Comrie’s campaign for the New York’s 14th senatorial district is off to a decent start after several endorsements.

Late last month, the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA) Local 1: American Federation of School Administrators; the AFL-CIO; the Mason Tenders District Council; and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Locals 1056 and 1179 all endorsed Comrie.

“I am deeply honored to have earned the support of the CSA, Mason Tenders and ATU’s 1056 and 1179,” said Comrie in a statement. “Having the respect of these hardworking men and women and knowing that they are confident in my ability to deliver results is truly humbling. The ongoing efforts of these unions on behalf of workers throughout New York state mirror my own resolve to champion those issues most important to working families—the people who make our city a great place to live and work every day.”

CSA President Ernest Logan said he would do whatever is in his power to help Comrie in his run.

“As a New York City public school student and parent, and as a former community school board member and president, Leroy has a keen appreciation of the needs and challenges that our children, families and educators face,” said Logan in a statement. “Leroy Comrie has stood with us on education issues as a City Council member and school board member, and CSA will work hard to help elect him to the state Senate.”

Michael McGuire of the Mason Tenders District Council PAC piggybacked on Logan’s words, stating, “Leroy Comrie has always been a smart legislator. In Albany, Leroy will not only restore integrity to Senate District 14, but work to strengthen our schools, identify needed infrastructure, transportation and community improvements, foster economic growth and pass legislation to improve the lot of working families.”

CSA’s collective bargaining unit for principals, assistant principals, supervisors and education administrators who work in public schools also represents the directors and assistant directors who work in city-subsidized Centers for Early Childhood Education. The Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York includes construction workers, asbestos and hazardous materials handlers, Catholic high school teachers, recycling and waste handlers, and office and professional personnel. ATU Local 1056 represents drivers and mechanics who work for MTA New York City Transit’s Queens Bus Division.

“Local 1056 has worked closely with Leroy Comrie throughout his nearly three decades of service as a community leader, council member and deputy borough president,” said Mark Henry, president and business agent of ATU Local 1056, in a statement. “Our local enthusiastically endorses Leroy Comrie for state senator representing the 14th District because we know firsthand he will work to make our neighborhoods better places in which to live for working people and their families, our youth and our seniors. He brings an unwavering commitment to improving public transit.”