CSEA’s ‘Efforts Helped Lead' Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown To Victory
CSEA Editor’s Note: Pictured above from left to right: Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Erie County Local 1st Vice President Steve Szymura; CSEA Western Region President Steve Healy; Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown; CSEA Erie County Local President Denise Szymura; and SUNY at Buffalo Local Treasurer Mona Columbo.
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Western Region Members showed their Union Power this year in working to get Byron Brown overwhelmingly re-elected as Mayor of the City of Buffalo.
The race, which Brown ran as a write-in campaign, was one of CSEA’s highest priority races this year as CSEA Members understand the importance of electing the right candidates to office, and they know one of the most powerful ways to do that is to get out the vote.
CSEA spent weeks educating its Members on the logistics of a write-in campaign, as well as why supporting Brown was important to CSEA Members.
During the campaign’s final weekend, CSEA Members joined forces with their American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Sisters and Brothers to distribute literature and support Brown and other candidates throughout CSEA’s Western Region.
“To be involved in the elections is an asset to all Members, because we support candidates who support us,” said CSEA Erie County Local President Denise Szymura.
CSEA Erie County Local 1st Vice President Steve Szymura, who took part in literature drops, said: “We support candidates like Mayor Brown who are backed by our Union because they have the best interests of the Members with them.”
During his meeting with CSEA Members, Brown talked about his support for Organized Labor: “It’s important to know that when you’re in a fight that you have people who have your back. You all have had my back, you’ve had the back of this community, and together we will move our community forward.”
Union Members took to the streets of Buffalo, where they distributed literature directly to households to remind people to vote.
CSEA Western Region President Steve Healy and SUNY at Buffalo Local Treasurer Mona Columbo also took part in the literature drop.
“It’s important to give people one more good reminder before Election Day,” said State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo Local Treasurer Mona Columbo, who also chairs the Western Region PEOPLE Committee and serves on CSEA’s statewide PEOPLE Committee.
“It’s even better if they get out and support our endorsed candidates, but the most important thing is just that they get out and exercise their right to vote,” she said.
The efforts of CSEA’s Members paid off on Election Day as Brown defeated his opponent.
In his victory speech, Brown specifically thanked Organized Labor for helping his campaign.
More than 25 Unions supported Brown’s campaign.
His victory has great significance in the Labor Movement throughout New York, as Brown’s opponent had favored policies that were considered not in line with the values of CSEA Members and their families, including the passage of the New York Health Act, which CSEA strongly opposes.
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