NYSUT endorses Brabenec for re-election

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec was the only Republican state lawmaker in the area endorsed on Wednesday by the statewide organization for teachers’ unions, which otherwise went with Democrats or stayed neutral in state Senate and Assembly races.

“Public education will continue to remain one of my top priorities, and that includes providing more latitude in the classrooms, making sure our schools get their fair share and standing up to high-stakes testing,” Brabenec said in a press release touting the endorsement by New York State United Teachers.

Brabenec, a Deerpark Republican, is running for a third term in the 98th Assembly District, challenged by Democrat Scott Martens of Minisink. The 98th District consists of six towns and the City of Port Jervis in Orange County, and part of the Town of Ramapo in Rockland.

In local Senate races, NYSUT endorsed Democrat James Skoufis over Republican Tom Basile for the 39th District, and Democrat Jen Metzger over fellow Democrat Pramilla Malick and Republican Annie Rabbitt for the 42nd District. It didn’t endorse either GOP Sen. George Amedore or Democrat Pat Strong in the 46th District; or GOP Sen. James Seward or Democrat Joyce St. George in the 51st District.

In other contested Assembly races in the region, NYSUT endorsed Democrat Matthew Rettig in the 99th District; Democrat Chad McEvoy in the 101st District; and Democrat Kevindaryan Lujan in the 104th District.


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