May 11, 2012
Around Town – By Neal Tepel
AFSCME unions throughout New York State representing 420,000 members in New York and 150,000 in New York City, has endorsed Assemblyman Rory Lancman for Congress. The vacant seat is New York’s 6th Congressional District representing Central and Northeast Queens. Leaders from AFSCME affiliates appeared at a press conference on May 10th to announce the endorsement.
“Rory Lancman has been an ally and strong partner from day one in our fight to secure passage of workplace safety legislation in Albany and to prevent the privatization of Queens Hospital,” said DC 37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts. “In Congress, he will stand up against efforts to privatize Social Security, Medicaid and continue his fight against privatization of vital city safety net services.”
“CSEA is proud to stand with Rory Lancman because he has always stood with us,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue. “Everyone knows that Rory is a leader who will always do what’s right for the people, no matter what the issue.” Appearing at the press conference on Donohue’s behalf was Lester Crockett, president of CSEA’s Metro Region 2.
“Assemblyman Rory Lancman has been a protector of workers and working families since he began his first term in 2007,” said DC 1707 Executive Director Raglan George, Jr. “Without hesitation, he is a man of the people who holds working family values among his core beliefs. We are convinced that he will serve the 6th Congressional District with the same insight and energy as he has served the 25th Assembly District.”
Assemblyman Lancman is a lifelong Queens resident who has served as an officer in New York’s own 42nd infantry Division, as chair of his local hospital advisory board and a member of his local community board for 16 years. “I’m proud to be supported by working New Yorkers looking for a champion to stand up against the Republicans’ anti-middle class agenda,” said Lancman in accepting the endorsement.