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ALBANY -- Democratic Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Tuesday picked up the first major endorsement of his re-election campaign with the backing of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York.

“For over three years Attorney General Schneiderman has fought tirelessly to protect middle class workers,” said Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. The politically influential organization has local affiliates of 15 national and international unions representing 100,000 New Yorkers.

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Schneiderman is seeking re-election against Republican John Cahill, the former chief of staff and environmental conservation commissioner for Gov. George Pataki.

The Manhattan Democrat “has aggressively prosecuted wage-and-hour violations to stop the race to the bottom in New York’s labor market, and recovered millions of dollars for cheated workers,” LaBarbera said.

There was no immediate comment from Cahill.

Such endorsement can be helpful as Schneiderman seeks to overcome low name recognition in statewide polls.