The Buffalo & Niagara Building And Construction Trades Council Announces An Early Endorsement For Kathy Hochul In The New York State Governor’s Race
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The Buffalo & Niagara Building and Construction Trades Council, which combines to represent more than 12,000 Unionized Construction Workers across Erie and Niagara Counties, has announced an early endorsement - backing Democrat Kathy Hochul for New York State Governor.
Hochul, the former Lieutenant Governor who became the state’s first female Governor after Andrew Cuomo resigned in early August after a sex harassment scandal, will be running in 2022 to serve a full, four-year term as Governor of The Empire State.
The Leadership of the Buffalo & Niagara Building and Construction Trades Council met last week and voted to issue an early endorsement for Hochul, a native Western New Yorker who went on to serve as Erie County Clerk before being elected as a U.S. Congresswoman - serving the 26th Congressional District. She was selected by Cuomo as his Lieutenant Governor in 2014.
Hochul was praised by Building Trades President Paul Brown as “good for Labor.”
“We’ve ‘known her for thirty years.’ She’s from ‘our’ hometown. She’s a ‘great’ person ‘and she’s good for Labor.’ We (The Building Trades) ‘wanted to get out in front of this and Labor is strong with Hochul.’ ‘And it’s good for Labor that we have a Governor from Buffalo.’ It’s ‘exciting because they hasn’t happened since 1883 with Grover Cleveland’ (who was also from Buffalo and went on to become President of the United States). ‘The whole thing is amazing,’” Brown told WNYLaborToday.com.
While many might say it is too early in the race to issue an endorsement in the Governor’s race, Brown disagrees, telling Your On-Line Labor Newspaper: “People ‘think’ it’s early in the process, but the primary is in June, which is ‘just nine months away’ - and the (Governor’s) race ‘is’ the primary.”
The Buffalo & Niagara County Building and Construction Trades Councils are comprised of the following Member Unions: Boilermakers Local 7 of Orchard Park; Bricklayers Local 3 of Buffalo; Carpenters Local 276 of Cheektowaga; Cement Masons Local 111 of North Tonawanda; Electricians Local 41 of Orchard Park and Local 237 in Niagara Falls; Elevator Constructors Local 14 of Cheektowaga; Heat & Frost Insulators Local 4 of West Seneca; Ironworkers Local 6 of West Seneca and Local 9 in Niagara Falls; Laborers Local 210 of Cheektowaga and Local 91 of Niagara Falls; Millwrights Local 1163 of Western New York; Operating Engineers Local 17 of Hamburg and Local 463 of Ransomville; Painters District Council 4 of Cheektowaga; Plasterers Local 9 of North Tonawanda; U.A. Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 22 of Orchard Park; Roofers Local 74 of Cheektowaga; Sheet Metal Workers Local 71 of Buffalo; U.A. Road Sprinklerfitters Local 669 of Buffalo; and Teamsters Local 449 of Buffalo.
Brown, meanwhile, says he is confident Hochul will “make sure a deal gets done” on New York State’s involvement in the construction of a new stadium for the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills, either in Suburban Buffalo’s Orchard Park or within the City of Buffalo.
The Unionized Trades have benefitted from a number of other State-funded construction projects over the years, including the $1 billion Buffalo Schools initiative, many along Buffalo’s Waterfront, on the University of Buffalo’s area campuses and within the Buffalo Medical Corridor, which continues to expand.
And, over the years, Brown has worked quietly to elevate the Unionized Building Trades, most notably having been appointed by former Governor Cuomo as the only Labor Representative on the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (Read WNYLaborToday.com’s July 26th, 2011 Labor News Report, Headlined: Buffalo Building & Construction Trades Council President Paul Brown Is The Only Representative Of Organized Labor On The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council Announced Today By Governor Andrew Cuomo - www.wnylabortoday.com/news/2011/07/26/buffalo-afl-cio-clc/buffalo-building-construction-trades-council-president-paul-brown-is-the-only-representative-of-organized-labor-on-the-western-new-york-regional-economic-development-council-announced-today-by-governor-andrew-cuomo/) - and working behind-the-scenes to help arrange more than $9 million in first-time Union Financing of a local construction project by helping fund the recent expansion of Buffalo’s world-renown Cancer Institute - Roswell Park.