4th C.D.: Rice nets more large labor endorsements

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Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice greets commuters at the Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice greets commuters at the Rockville Centre LIRR station in Rockville Centre on June 9, 2014. Photo Credit: Uli Seit

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With the primary only days away, Kathleen Rice’s Congressional campaign continues to stockpile endorsements from influential labor unions.

Rice, the Democratic Nassau district attorney, is seeking to succeed retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) in the 4th District. She’ll face County Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, of Freeport, on Tuesday.

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Rice, who has raised more than $2 million, has been rolling out labor endorsements since the early weeks of her candidacy. But in the last 10 days, she has announced backing from some of the largest-membership unions in the region.

They include:

-32BJ SEIU, the largest property service workers union in the nation, with 70,000 members on Long Island and across New York City.

-1199SEIU, the healthcare workers union with more than 220,000 members in the greater New York City area -- including 9,500 members in the 4th district. 

-The local branch of the International Union of Automobile Workers, which represents 50,000 automobile, aerospace, and agricultural workers in the region.

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-The Civil Service Employees Association, which represents more than 300,000 public and private sector employees the state -- and has 45,000 members on Long Island, including nearly 200 in the Nassau district attorney’s office.

“This endorsement is particularly meaningful to me because I work side-by-side with CSEA’s members every day in the DA’s office, and together we’ve been able to form a partnership that delivers for Nassau County residents,” Rice said in a statement. “These are members who know the candidates best and I’m honored that they have chosen to campaign for us and to fight alongside us on the issues most important to their families and communities.”

The organized labor endorsements were largely expected after Rice became the chosen candidate of national Democrats, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, McCarthy and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)

Abrahams, meanwhile, has focused on local-level voter contact, and has received endorsements from some local unions and county and village politicians -- as has Rice.

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