This Week in Albany

Week ending November 1, 2019


Mary Sullivan Sworn in as CSEA President

For the first time in more than 25 years, CSEA 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. She is the first CSEA President to come from the local government division.

Please join us in congratulating our new President.


Election Day is Tuesday

This coming Tuesday, November 5, is Election Day. Polls will be open from 6am – 9pm across the state. Additionally, don’t forget that early voting is still available through this weekend.

There are many local government races throughout the state that you can have a direct impact on with your vote. For a list of all CSEA endorsed candidates and information on early voting, visit


Election Spotlight – Monroe County

Office: County Executive
Municipality: Monroe County
# of CSEA Members: 5,824

CSEA has endorsed Adam Bello for Monroe County Executive. Adam has worked as a partner to CSEA since his time as Irondequoit Supervisor and as County Clerk. In the aftermath of the Janus Supreme Court case, current Supervisor Dinolfo sent an email to employees encouraging them to quit their union, while Adam did the opposite by sitting down with CSEA and encouraged members to stay union, stay strong.

In his own words, Adam has said, “Labor is not a commodity but something to be protected and respected.” That kind of leadership is why CSEA members have worked tirelessly to get the vote out for Adam Bello. He has pledged to fight the opioid epidemic, improve our local economy and maintain our roads in bridges. To move Monroe County forward, Adam will need your support on Election Day!

To join other CSEA volunteers helping with his campaign, contact Region 6 Political Coordinator Chris Rackl at (716) 691-6555.