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Jack Martins, Laura Curran get new endorsements for Nassau County exec

Nassau County executive candidates Jack Martins and Laura

Nassau County executive candidates Jack Martins and Laura Curran during a forum at Adelphi University on Oct. 15, 2017. Credit: Uli Seit

Republican Nassau County executive candidate Jack Martins has won the backing of New York City law enforcement and first responder unions, while Democrat Laura Curran has been endorsed by the Sierra Club and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Martins, a former state senator and Mineola mayor from Old Westbury, was endorsed this week by the city’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. Also backing Martins is the city’s Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association and the city firefighter and emergency medical services unions.

“Jack’s commitment to public service and law enforcement are well recognized, and we believe that he is well qualified to serve the people of Nassau County as county executive,” PBA president Patrick Lynch said.

Oren Barzilay, president of Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics and Fire Inspectors FDNY, said, “Martins has been very supportive of first responders in our mission to save lives.”

Lauren Spielholz, political chairwoman of the Sierra Club, cited Curran’s “strong support for the environment” and “her ability and determination to continue to fight for Nassau’s environmental protections and initiatives.”

Nick Scotto, political and legislative director of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said Curran has a “proven record of standing up for the working people we represent.”

Martins and Curran, a second-term Nassau County legislator from Baldwin, will face off in the Nov. 7 election.

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