NYSUT Makes Endorsement Ahead Of Special Elections

Originally on State of Politics

The New York State United Teachers Union announced a slate of endorsements ahead of an April 24 special election to fill a formerly Republican-held Assembly district.

The union backed Democratic candidate Cindy Doran, a former Troy High School teacher and Rensselaer County lawmaker, for the 107th Assembly district. The seat was vacated earlier this year by Steve McLaughlin, who is now the county executive.

“Working people need strong voices in the Assembly who will speak up for them on matters that are important,” said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta. “Cindy Doran, Steve Stern and Nathalia Fernandez are all champions of public education, health care and affordable housing, and we believe they will continue to be fierce fighters for the middle class once in Albany.”

Meanwhile, the union also endorsed the re-election Rep. Joe Crowely, a Queens Democrat, ahead of his June primary. Crowley is a power broker in Queens politics as well as increasingly on the national stage.

“Congressman Crowley has represented the Bronx and Queens with distinction. He understands the challenges facing middle class New Yorkers and he fights in Washington for solutions that will make their lives better,” Pallotta said.

Tony Reyes