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Release: Cuomo campaign says PEF has endorsed his re-election.




As Federal Government Rolls Back Workers Rights, Public Employees Federation Backs Gov. Cuomo as Antidote to Trump’s America – Citing Proven Record of National Leadership Strengthening the Labor Movement in the Wake of Janus, Protecting Workers’ Ability to Collectively Bargain and Organize, Fighting for Better Wages and Working Conditions, and Making Union Dues Deductible from State Taxes

New York, NY – The Public Employees Federation today endorsed Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for a third term. PEF represents 54,000 professional, scientific, and technical employees across New York State. As Trump seeks to roll back workers’ rights, PEF praised the Governor’s national leadership strengthening the labor movement in the wake of the Supreme Court’s devastating Janus decision, protecting workers’ ability to collectively bargain and organize, fighting for better wages and working conditions and making union dues deductible from state taxes.

Wayne Spence, President, Public Employees Federation, said, “Governor Cuomo stands strong with the more than 50,000 hardworking men and women across New York who make government work for the people. While rabid, anti-union forces try to threaten and destroy our movement, Governor Cuomo has our backs. He has proven to be a champion who will fight for workers’ rights and ensure that union labor in New York is stronger than ever. The Governor has stood up and said we will never let union busting tactics win. PEF stands side by side with Andrew Cuomo and we are proud to endorse him for a third term.”

Governor Cuomo said, “Union labor built our middle class and it is union labor that is going to strengthen our state and lift up working people. New York will continue to lead the way in fighting back against the Trump administration as they seek to undo the progress we have achieved. The brothers and sisters of PEF deliver critical government services every day and keep the state of New York moving forward. I am proud to accept their endorsement and I will do everything in my power to strengthen and protect union labor in the face of these concerted attacks from Washington.”

PEF joins the growing list of elected officials, unions, women's and LGBTQ rights and progressive groups backing the governor, representing millions of New Yorkers statewide. This includes:

New York State Democratic Party

Secretary Hillary Clinton

Vice President Joe Biden

United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez

Congressman Jose E. Serrano

Congressman Adriano Espaillat

Former Congressman Charles B. Rangel

State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Mayor David Dinkins

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson

Public Advocate Letitia James

Senator Roxanne Persaud

Senator Velmanette Montgomery

Senator Brian Benjamin

Former Comptroller Carl McCall

Assemblywoman Latrice Walker

Assemblywoman Jaime Williams

Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright

Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa

Assemblywoman Inez E. Dickens

Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez

Assemblyman Al Taylor

Assemblyman Victor Pichardo

Assemblywoman Ari Espinal

Former Assemblywoman Annette Robinson

Borough President Melinda Katz

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein

Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Councilman Andrew Cohen

Councilman Andy King

Councilman Mark Gjonaj

Councilman Ritchie Torres

Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson

Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr.

Councilman Paul Vallone

Councilman Peter Koo

Councilman Francisco Moya

Councilman Keith Powers

Councilman Ben Kallos

Councilman Mark Levine

Councilman Bill Perkins

Councilman Costa Constantinides

Councilman Barry Grodenchik

Councilman Rory Lancman

Councilman Daniel Dromm

Councilman I. Daneek Miller

Councilwoman Adrienne Adams

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz

Councilman Donovan Richards

Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo

Councilman Stephen Levin

Councilman Robert Cornegy, Jr.

Councilman Mathieu Eugene

Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez

Councilwoman Alicka Ampry-Samuel

Councilwoman Margaret Chin

Councilwoman Carlina Rivera

Councilman Justin Brannan

Councilman Kalman Yeger

Councilman Alan Maisel

Councilman Mark Treyger

Councilman Chaim Deutsch

President NYS NAACP Hazel Dukes

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence


Planned Parenthood Empire State Votes Political Action Committee

National Organization of Women (NOW) – New York

Human Rights Campaign

Stonewall Democratic Club

New York State League of Conservation Voters

AFL-CIO – New York






The New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500

International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, Transportation (SMART) Transportation Division


CWA 1180

Building Trades Council of Greater New York

New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA)

New York State Laborers

United Fire Officers Association

Leader of the New York County Democrats Keith Wright

Bronx, Brooklyn & Queens NYCHA Tenant Leaders

Erie County Democratic Committee

West Harlem Progressive Democratic Club

Lower East Side Democratic Club

Ben Franklin Independent Democrats

Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan

Lesbian & Gay Democratic Club of Queens

Gay & Lesbian Independent Democrats

Independent Neighborhood Democrats

Lexington Democrats

Martin Luther King Jr. Democratic Club

Arturo Schomburg Democratic Club

El Nuevo Caribe Democratic Club

Hell’s Kitchen Democrats

Chelsea Reform Democratic Club

Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club

Ansonia Independent Democrats

Park River Independent Democrats

Community Free Democrats

Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club

Geraldine A. Ferraro Democratic Club

Saul Weprin & Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club

Wood-Heights Democratic Club

Fredrick E. Samuel Community Democratic Club

Northern Manhattan Democrats for Change

John F. Kennedy Democratic Club

Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club