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Jack Martins gets carpenters union backing

Nassau County Executive candidate Jack Martins, seen here

Nassau County Executive candidate Jack Martins, seen here on Aug. 31, 2017, was endorsed by Local 237 on Tuesday. Credit: Barry Sloan

The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters and Teamsters Local 237 have thrown their support behind GOP Nassau County executive candidate Jack Martins, becoming two of the few labor unions to support the Republican in the race.

The Council of Carpenters represents thousands of craftsmen from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Local 237 is the largest local in the Teamsters international union, representing 11,000 New York City government employees and another 3,000 employees of Long Island municipalities.

Bill Banfield, southeast New York regional manager for the carpenter’s council, said Martins, a former state senator, “has the right experience and vision to lead Nassau County in the years ahead.”

Local 237 Teamsters President Greg Floyd said Martins “respected public employees in the State Senate. We believe he’ll do the same as Nassau County executive.”

In a statement, Martins said “public employees make Nassau County run, and we must make it easier for them — and everyone — to be able to afford to live, work and raise a family here in Nassau County.”

Martins will challenge the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic county executive primary between Nassau Legis. Laura Curran (D-Baldwin) and County Comptroller George Maragos. To date, Curran has picked up the majority of public- and private-sector labor endorsements.

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