FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2012
NEWS RELEASE: UNION FAMILIES SECURE VICTORY FOR MALONEY IN NY-18
Sean Patrick Maloney celeberates his victory with Hudson Valley Aarea Labor Federation President Paul Ellis-Graham & Middletown Mayor Joe Destefano at the Teamsters 445's Hall. Click Here for Additional Photos
The Associated Press has called the Congressional Primary in New York’s 18th District for Sean Patrick Maloney, reaffirming labor’s continued political power in the Hudson Valley. Maloney, a former advisor to President Bill Clinton, won with an estimated 49% of the vote, outdistancing his nearest rival by more than 15%.
Sean Patrick Maloney won with the support of 10 labor unions, including the New York State AFL CIO. When the NYS AFL-CIO made its endorsement, Capital Tonight’s Nick Reisman wrote, “After the failed effort to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin, there will likely be added scrutiny and pressure on unions to drive out voters to back their preferred candidates.” Labor showed its strength with an estimated 4,475 union voters coming to the polls on Election Day.
“As a constituent, I feel that middle class families in the Hudson Valley have been ill-served by our incumbent Congresswoman. Rep. Hayworth. We cannot afford another two years of Hayworth and the Tea Party Congress. Tonight, the Hudson Valley’s middle class voted for Sean Patrick Maloney and said they need a representative that will fight for them,” said Paul Ellis-Graham, President of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation.
Labor unions endorsing Maloney include: SEIU 1199, SEIU 32BJ, Northeast Carpenters UAW, UFCW 1500, Teamsters 445, RWDSU, NYSUT, CWA, CSEA and the NYS AFL-CIO.
President Paul Ellis-Graham (NSYUT)
Ex. VP William Riccaldo (CSEA)
Rec. Secretary Janette Clark (PEF)
Treasurer Adrian Huff (IBT)
Exec. Director: Beth Soto
Deputy Director: Brian Pugh