August 22, 2014
By Stephanie West
Albany, NY – The Executive Board of the New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) concluded a two-day meeting and endorsed candidates for federal, statewide and legislative office for 2014 elections. The complete list of endorsements is located on their website. PEF made a powerful statement with its endorsement of Zephyr Teachout for governor and Tim Wu for Lt. Gov.
"This is a pivotal time in state government," said PEF President Susan M. Kent. "The citizens of New York need elected officials who are devoted to their best interests and who are strong leaders to make the changes necessary to move this state forward.
PEF's Secretary-Treasurer Carlos J. Garcia said, "Our union has endorsed state Comptroller Thomas Di Napoli and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Both of these individuals have proven to be vigilant in their responsibilities and have worked to end corruption and increase transparency. We are counting on all the candidates who have earned a PEF endorsement to share in our role to preserve and expand all the needed public services our members provide to the taxpayers of this state."
"We recognize the individuals we have endorsed, and for whom we will get-out-the-vote, tie into PEF's legislative and political priorities. This union stands on high ideals, and together we need to reach for what we know is possible – a better New York," Kent said.
***PEF is New York's second-largest state-employee union. It represents approximately 56,000 professional, scientific and technical employees of New York state as well as other public and private employees.