Gallo wins trade union support as primary looms

Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo has won the endorsement of the local chapter of the national trade union organization in his fight to win the Democratic primary next Thursday and the general election in November.

The Rock Tavern-based Upper-Hudson Central Labor Council, part of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization, or AFL-CIO, came out with the endorsement Wednesday. They say he stands with unions.

“Shayne Gallo has proven time and time again that he is for middle class families,” said Terri Kraus, president of the organization. “He has walked picket lines and advocated for the people of Kingston.”

Gallo, who’s facing a tough Democratic primary next week against challenger Steve Noble, has in the last month walked the picket line with Kingston’s Verizon workers and criticized the telecom giant for declining to lay its fiber optic lines down on Broadway. That campaign has been pushed by the AFL-CIO. Verizon has criticized the campaign, saying the union has been calling in favors to politicians as Verizon workers fight for a new contract.

The support from the AFL-CIO comes as another labor organization, the Working Families Party, decided to stay out of the fray and not endorse Gallo this year. Four years ago Gallo was backed by the Working Families Party. They lent his campaign manpower, support and an endorsement. But this year they haven’t endorsed Gallo or Noble as the two duke it out to win in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1.

I have a message out to Noble asking for comment that I’ll update if he return it.

Update: Here’s Noble’s response to the endorsement:

As a CSEA member, I know first hand the priorities of those who work each and every day to serve the public.

I believe that the rank and file union members in Kingston know what is at stake in this upcoming election and I believe many feel as though my platform, leadership style, energy and enthusiasm is exactly what is needed in our next mayor and I am prepared to deliver that.


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