The New York State American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) announced its slate of endorsements for the 2018 election.
For statewide offices, the union group chose all Democratic candidates, including incumbents Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
The organization also selected candidate Letitia “Tish” James for Attorney General.
All but one of the endorsements for the state’s 27 Congressional district races also went to Democrats. That includes Democratic congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano (Penn Yan) in the state’s 23rd Congressional district, which includes Chautauqua County. Mitrano is facing incumbent Tom Reed (R-Corning) in November.
The group also announced its endorsements for the state legislature races, with incumbent Sen. Cathy Young (R-Olean) receiving an endorsement, although she is running unopposed in this year election. The race for the NY 150th assembly seat featuring incumbent Andrew Goodell (R-Gerry) and challenger Judith Einach (D-Westfield) did not receive an endorsement.
The announcement of endorsements was made at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York City, where the state AFL-CIO was holding its 2018 Committee on Political Education (COPE) Convention, attended by more than 1,000 delegates from unions across the state.
The New York State AFL-CIO is a federation of 3,000 affiliated public sector, private sector, and building trades unions throughout the state, representing 2.5 million members, retirees and their families.