Suffolk’s Association of Municipal employees, which has $1.2 million in its PAC coffers, has endorsed Republican Rudy Sunderman for term-limited county Legis. Kate Browning’s Third District seat and is backing incumbent Democrats Sarah Anker and Monica Martinez.

The union endorsed 14 county legislature incumbents — nine Democrats and five Republicans. For three open seats the AME, Suffolk’s largest public employee union, backed Democrats Joe McDermott, Brightwaters mayor, in the 11th District; Susan Berland, a Huntington Town Board member, in the 16th District; and Tom Donnelly, a Babylon Town Board member, in the 17th. They also backed GOP state Sen. Phil Boyle for county sheriff.

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Dan Levler, AME president, said the union backed Sunderman because his “presence has been felt in the community” and Anker, a perennial marginal in a heavily GOP district, “because of her record and her attention to local issues.” Levler also said the union is “strongly backing” Martinez in a Sept. 12 Democratic primary with Angela Ramos, wife of Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood).

— Rick Brand