February 9, 2016
By Stephanie West, LaborPress Long Island
Long Island, NY – SEIU 32BJ has announced their endorsement of Todd Kaminsky for State Senate in Long Island. The seat was vacated after former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos was convicted on corruption charges. The special election will be held April 19.
“Todd Kaminsky is known on Long Island for fighting against government corruption and fighting for policies that will help Long Island’s working families gain a stronger foothold in the middle class and defend their rights,” said 32BJ President Héctor Figueroa. “Todd has supported airport workers in their fight for fair pay and a union and he is a strong ally in our fight for a $15 minimum wage for all workers in the state.”
As a state Assemblyman, Kaminsky advocated strongly for Long Beach residents affected by Hurricane Sandy, getting the state to speed up reimbursement for housing reconstruction. As a federal prosecutor, he successfully prosecuted several state officials for corruption.
SEIU 32BJ has 145,000 members, including more than 70,000 in New York City and 2,200 who live and work on Long Island.