CSEA was active in every part of the state in this year’s elections. CSEA-endorsed candidates across the state were largely successful in their elections to local and state offices. Union activists across the state campaigned on behalf of endorsed candidates in their areas.
In the Southern Tier, Fred Akshar was overwhelmingly elected to the state Senate in a special election for the 52nd District. CSEA activists made thousands of phone calls in support of Akshar, a Broome County undersheriff.
CSEA members’ efforts also paid off in Schenectady, where Mayor Gary McCarthy, who was endorsed by the union, fended off another challenge from Roger Hull.
In the City of Poughkeepsie, CSEA-endorsed candidate Rob Rolison was elected mayor. CSEA efforts are also being credited with a tight margin in the Town of Patterson supervisor election, where the union’s endorsed candidate, Democrat Andrew Falk, is down by only 32 votes in the Republican stronghold town. More than 100 absentee ballots will determine the race’s outcome.
On Long Island, CSEA efforts were successful in numerous races, including the re-election of Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. The union’s endorsed candidates won all of the Town of Hempstead races and City of Long Beach council seats.
In New York City, CSEA-endorsed candidate Alicia Hyndman easily won a special election for a vacant New York State Assembly seat in Queens.
In the Town of Lancaster in Erie County, CSEA endorsed candidate Johanna Metz-Coleman defeated the incumbent town supervisor, who had been a champion of the Tea Party and created a very poor working environment for CSEA members.