Unions endorse Assembly, congressional candidates; Chobani promotes voting


The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) has endorsed Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119th Dist. of Marcy, for re-election to the New York State Assembly.

In a statement endorsing Assemblywoman Buttenschon, NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said:

“As cornerstones of our communities, government support for public schools, colleges and hospitals has never been more critical…We need elected officials who will stand up for teachers, school-related professionals, and those they serve…”

The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) also endorsed Buttenschon for re-election.

The CSEA represents more than 300,000 active and retired public and private sector employees across New York, including state and local government workers, child care providers, health care providers and school district personnel.

Mary Sullivan, President of CSEA, stated: “CSEA is proud to endorse Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon’s candidacy for New York State Assembly. We are confident that she will stand with working people to make New York a better state. Working together we will get through this crisis.”

The 119th district covers Whitestown, Floyd, Marcy, Frankfort, Utica and Rome.

Zielinski endorsed by gun factory union

United Mine Workers of America Local 717, which represents workers at the Remington Arms factory in Ilion, endorsed John Zielinksi, Republican candidate for the 119th New York Assembly District. Also endorsed by the union were Assemblyman Brian Miller of New Hartford for re-election to the Assembly’s 101st District.

NYPD union endorses Tenney

Republican Congressional candidate Claudia Tenney was endorsed by the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA), which represents 13,000 active and retired members of the New York City Police Department.

“[NYPD’s SBA] strongly support[s] your run for Congress,” Ed Mullins, president of NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association, said. “In March, you stood with law enforcement to call for the federal government to intervene to put a stop to New York’s dangerous bail reform law. As the ‘defund the police’ movement began to take shape across the United States, you stood with law enforcement to oppose this radical policy and called out politicians seeking to jeopardize the safety of our communities by stripping critical funding from police departments.”

Chobani gives time for Election Day
and voter registration

Yogurt maker Chobani will provide all employees with a paid half day on Election Day to vote and will give a full day of paid volunteer time to serve as a poll worker or support other non-partisan election activities such as voter education or voter registration, the company announced.

Chobani, whose main eastern plant is in Otsego County, said it has joined Time to Vote, a nonpartisan effort by some 700 businesses to increase voter participation. The company has about 1,000 employees at its New Berlin plant and Norwich corporate office, many who live in the Utica area. The plant will operate on Election Day but on a reduced schedule. Chobani has more than 2,000 employees in the United States.

Its other main plant is in Idaho.


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