News, views and commentary on Long Island, state and national politics.
ALBANY _ A politically influential labor union pushing liberal measures including a higher minimum wage has endorsed Democrat Eric Schneiderman for re-election as attorney general.
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 with 23,000 members in New York City, on Long Island, and in Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties called Schneiderman a strong ally.
“He has followed an aggressive agenda to end wage theft by securing felony convictions against employers who illegally underpay workers and has recovered millions of dollars in restitution for workers who were cheated,” said union President Bruce Both.
Scheneiderman faces Republican John Cahill, a former top aide to Gov. George Pataki, in the race many Republicans are focusing upon to break the Democratic lock on statewide offices.
Cahill recently hired Cathy Blaney, a prolific fundraiser for Pataki, a Republican, in the state dominated by Democrats. On Monday the campaign also confirmed it had hired Ed Lurie as campaign manager. Lurie was once executive director of the state Republican Party and was a leader in the Senate Republican Campaign Committee.
Republicans have seen an opportunity to unseat Scheneiderman because of his low public profile as show in statewide polls.
Schneiderman is expected to draw lucrative and strong support from labor unions influential in state politics to afford a major advertising campaign. The Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York with 100,000 members in New York City previously endorsed Schneiderman.
Cahill had no immediate comment.