Standing in front of City Hall, workers and leaders of District Council 37 bucked the trends of the polls and endorsed New York City Comptroller John Liu for mayor of New York City.

With chants of his last name and campaign signs in DC 37’s green union colors behind him, Liu spoke about his goal to place New York City back in the hands of the working man and woman.

“When I came to the City Council, I sat at many a hearing … and time and time again, we would hear commissioners testify about the state of affairs,” said Liu. “And then we’d also hear some of the men and women who actually do the work for the city and for our residents, and oftentimes they’d have different story.

“You always had to try and figure out how it could be so different between what the commissioners are saying and what the workers are saying,” continued Liu. “As I learned more and more about the city government, you can always rely on the workers’ word.”

Liu also discussed the average working person being priced out of New York City and the promise of working toward a better life being more difficult to achieve with an increasing wealth gap. After the news conference, Liu spoke with the AmNews about what DC 37’s endorsement means to him.

“To have DC 37’s backing means so many things to me,” said Liu. “Number one: These are the hardworking men and women who make New York City the greatest city in the world. And number two: They know what they’re doing, and it’s just a huge stamp of approval on my campaign and our ability to win this election. And number three: They got thousands of troops on the ground ready and willing to campaign hard.”

But Liu faces an uphill task. According to a recent Marist University poll, Liu clocks in with only 8 percent of the vote, which puts him behind Bill Thompson (11 percent), Bill de Blasio (12 percent), Anthony Weiner (19 percent and pushing upward since he entered the race last week) and Christine Quinn (24 percent).

Liu is also embattled in a campaign fundraising scandal from when he ran for city comptroller. Recently, Oliver Pan and Jia “Jenny” Hou were both arrested and accused of involving “straw donors” in order to make illegal campaign contributions. When asked about the poll numbers and the campaign fundraising scandal surrounding Liu, DC 37 President Lillian Roberts held nothing back.

“I think they started out trying to undermine his campaign,” said Roberts, who felt that Liu was being singled out. “After two weeks of listening in on his phone calls, he did nothing wrong. He deserves everybody’s support because that was a dirty trick for them to do that.”

When asked about endorsing someone with low poll numbers, Roberts said, “Nobody’s polled any of us. We’re gonna make it happen. We’re tired of being neglected and abused.”

While Liu helped shepherd the revelation of the City Time scandal, Liu claims that there’s more money out there for the city to reclaim from consultants and private contracts. “We already have some very concrete examples of money that should be recouped and will be recouped for the city of New York,” he said to the AmNews. “And this is with a lot of stonewalling from City Hall. Get me that chance to get to City Hall and I’m sure there’s going to be lots more to find.”

Earlier this year, former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, who looks to be the favorite for the Republican nomination for mayor, said that he “feared for the city” if a Democrat were elected mayor again. When asked his thoughts about Lhota’s comments and the mentality behind them, Liu stopped himself mid-sentence several times while trying to provide an answer. After hesitating for a minute, with a smile on his face the entire time, Liu said, “Let’s let Joe’s comments … let’s let it rest there.”