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“CSEA members working for our state and local governments continue providing vital services, even when our state faces challenging budgets. Addressing a six billion dollar deficit will be difficult, but we will work to make sure it doesn’t negatively impact the services and programs New Yorkers rely on.

CSEA opposes the closures of state facilities but will work with the executive and legislative chambers to ensure workers at these facilities have opportunities to continue their careers in state service. We will also work to ensure any changes to our state’s Medicaid program will not harm service recipients or the dedicated workers who provide those services.”


ALBANY – For the first time in more than 25 years, CSEA, one of New York’s largest and most influential labor unions, has a new President at its helm.

Following the retirement of longtime CSEA President Danny Donohue on Thursday, October 31, 2019, former Executive Vice President Mary E. Sullivan was sworn-in as president on Friday, November 1, to serve out the remainder of Donohue’s seventh elected term, which expires on February 29, 2020.

Sullivan has been a union activist for more than 35 years, starting her career as an employee of the Herkimer County Department of Social Services, and advancing through the union ranks, serving at the local, regional, and statewide levels.

Sullivan first held statewide office when she was chosen in 1986 by CSEA’s statewide Board of Directors to fill a vacancy as treasurer of the union. Sullivan was elected executive vice president in 1994, serving in that role for the past 25 years.

With her ascension to president, Sullivan becomes the first CSEA activist from a local government municipality to become the union’s statewide president. All CSEA’s previous presidents began their union careers working in state government. She is also only the second woman to fill the union’s top spot.

“I’m proud to be leading our great union forward as president,” Sullivan said. “Under my leadership, we will build on our many accomplishments, be even more inclusive, and even more engaged with our members.”


News Link: Photo of swearing-in ceremony

Bio Link: Read Mary’s full biography

About CSEA: The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) is one of the largest and most influential unions in New York and the United States. CSEA has about 300,000 members and represents state, county, municipal, school district, child care, and private sector employees throughout every community in New York. Formed in 1910, CSEA has improved the lives of hardworking New Yorkers for more than 100 years, and is the largest affiliate of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), which is, in turn, one of the largest affiliate unions of the International House of Labor, the AFL-CIO.