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4th C.D.: Abrahams picks up his first labor endorsement

Nassau County Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams has secured the first union endorsement of his congressional campaign.

Abrahams (D-Freeport) announced Thursday that he’s being backed by the Plumbers Union Local 200, which represents about 1,000 members on Long Island.

“In order for Nassau County to become an ideal suburb again, we must continue to build our infrastructure and the members of Plumbers 200 represent the hard-working members of Nassau County that will help us reach this goal,” Abrahams said in a statement.

The union made its 4th Congressional District endorsement official at its monthly meeting on Wednesday.

“We believe Kevan is the dedicated public servant, husband and involved parent that provides the forward-thinking leadership needed for our communities,” said Danny Grodotzke, Local 200 business manager.

Abrahams is vying to succeed retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), and will likely face Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice in the June 24 Democratic primary.

Rice, who is backed by McCarthy, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and other prominent figures and groups, has already announced the endorsements of several large labor unions, including the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and the affiliated United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Together, the two groups represent about 40,000 workers in supermarkets, drug stores, and other retail, food and manufacturing centers throughout the New York region.

Rice also has the backing of Teamsters Local 237, the municipal union that is largely based in New York City – but also represents about 3,000 Long Island workers.

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