Basile, Skoufis tout latest endorsements in Senate race

Republican Senate candidate Tom Basile announced on Friday the endorsement of the Police Benevolent Association of New York, the union representing about 1,200 police officers and forest rangers who patrol SUNY campuses and New York’s state parks and historic sites.

Basile, a Republican Stony Point councilman seeking the 39th Senate District seat that Bill Larkin’s vacating, promised to be “a strong voice for the brave men and women of the thin blue line” if elected. “When our law enforcement community has come under attack from activists, liberal politicians and the media calling for resistance, protest and even violence of our cops, I have been proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with members of the law enforcement community and their families,” he said.

Assemblyman James Skoufis, the Woodbury Democrat competing with Basile for the 39th District seat, countered with the coveted endorsement of the Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Council, plus the backing of a similar council representing trade union workers in Rockland – Basile’s home county. Skoufis already had gotten the endorsement of the New York State Building and Construction Trades Council a month ago.

“James Skoufis is the best choice for State Senate because he knows the importance of having both skilled workers and good paying jobs,” Todd Diorio, president of the Hudson Valley council, said in a press release. “In the Assembly, he has been an ally to labor and our members know that he will have our backs in the State Senate.”

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