CSEA Political Action
Highlights of the 2021 General Election
The 2021 Election cycle was a year focused on Local Government, including electing leaders in our Counties, Cities, and Towns. Many CSEA members in each region worked tirelessly to help elect their endorsed candidates and we had many successes.
CSEA’s top priority was to help re-elect Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. After a surprising primary defeat to Socialist India Walton, Byron took the unusual step of running a Write-In campaign. CSEA spent weeks educating our members about how to write down Byron Brown on the ballot. Our efforts paid off as Byron overwhelmingly defeated Walton on Election Night. In his victory speech, Byron made a point to specifically thank organized labor for helping his campaign throughout.
This victory has great significance beyond the City of Buffalo. This was a mandate against the socialist party in New York that is trying to co-opt the labor movement. However, their legislative policies and proclamations do not align with the values of CSEA members and their families. Over 25 unions supported Byron Brown’s campaign, sending a clear message rejecting the socialist platform. CSEA’s efforts will continue as we educate our members about the true cost of the NY Health Act and continue to push back against our opponents.
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In Region 2, Eric Adams handily defeated his general election challenger Curtis Sliwa to become the next Mayor of New York City. CSEA has a long relationship with Adams from his time as a State Senator and Brooklyn Borough President.
In Nassau County, a surprise red wave made the County Executive race too close to call. Hempstead Town Councilman Bruce Blakeman currently has a lead over incumbent Laura Curran, however this will be determined by nearly 20,000 absentee ballots. CSEA did not endorse in this race, however leading up to the election, members of Local 830 have run a contract campaign to draw attention to their frustration of being without a contract for 4 years. The only county-wide candidate CSEA did endorse was GOP comptroller candidate Elaine Phillips who handily won her seat. Meanwhile, in Suffolk County, a similar red wave affected many races in the legislature. The GOP will shift the balance of power with a 12-6 majority. Rob Calarco, Sarah Anker, and Susan Berland, all incumbents and endorsed by CSEA, lost their seats. Finally, former CSEA member Mike Zaleski was elected to become the next Riverhead Town Highway Superintendent.
All of the endorsed County Executive incumbents in Region 3 including Steve Neuhuas in Orange, Ed Day in Rockland, and George Latimer in Westchester were successful in their re-elections. Former long-time CSEA member, Stephen Bedetti is challenging to unseat current New Windsor Town Supervisor, George Meyers. While Bedetti is down, it is still to close to call at this point.
In the Capital Region, CSEA members worked hard to successfully elect Republican Peter Crummey to become the next Town of Colonie Supervisor. CSEA has had a long relationship with Crummey since his time as a County Legislator and Town Judge.
Region 5 members sought to elect more labor friendly candidates to the legislatures in Cayuga and Onondaga County. In Cayuga County, CSEA members worked hard to maintain the majority Democrats currently hold by one seat. While three new legislators endorsed by CSEA were elected, the overall balance of the legislature is still not determined. It will come down to absentee ballots whether Democrats keep their majority. While democrats in Onondaga fought hard to flip the county legislature, however, that effort fell short as the republicans continue to hold an 11-6 advantage. In the City of Rome and the City of Utica, all CSEA endorsed candidates for Common Council were successful in their races.
Finally, voters this Fall were asked to approve several Statewide Ballot Proposals.
- Proposal one if approved, would require the State legislature to approve redistricting lines with simple majority vote instead of two thirds vote.
- Proposal two would ensure that clean air and water are treated as fundamental rights for New Yorkers.
- Proposal three would eliminate the 10-day advance requirement for voter registration, essentially allowing for same day voter registration.
- Proposal four, and the only proposal CSEA endorsed, would authorizing No-Excuse Absentee Ballot Voting.
- Proposal five would Increase the jurisdiction of City Civil Court for actions and proceedings in the recovery of money or property worth no more than twenty-five thousand dollars to no more than fifty thousand dollars.
Of the five proposals, the only one to be approved by voters on Election Day, was establishing clean air and water as a fundamental right of all New Yorkers. The state Republican and Conservative Party ran a successful statewide campaign encouraging voters to reject the 1st, 3rd, and 4th proposals altering the re-districting process, absentee ballot, and voter registration procedures respectively.
Overall Republicans were motivated to come out and vote this year. Even in Buffalo, many prominent republicans were vocal in their support of incumbent Democrat Brown over their concerns with the Socialist Walton. Throughout the state though Republicans came out to vote, while Democrats stayed home. Republican turnout was high in many races throughout the country. Perhaps most prominently in the Virginia Gubernatorial race where former Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe lost to Republican Glenn Youngkin in a state President Biden won by a large margin. Many political pundits and national news media believe strong Republican turnout is a pushback to President Biden’s agenda. This is an early indication of what Democrats may face in next year’s mid-term election when the majorities in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are at stake.
CSEA made hundreds of endorsements in each region. As results become finalized, we will post them below.
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Below are results broken down by CSEA Region. Bold candidates are CSEA endorsed candidates.
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Elaine Phillips County Comptroller WON
Siela Bynoe County Legislative District 2 WON
Jim Mazzarella County Legislative District 3 WON
Denise Ford County Legislative District 4 WON
William Gaylor County Legislative District 6 WON
Howard Kopel County Legislative District 7 WON
John Giuffre County Legislative District 8 WON
Richard Nicolello County Legislative District 9 WON
James Kennedy County Legislative District 12 WON
Tom McKevitt County Legislative District 13 WON
Laura Schaefer County Legislative District 14 WON
John Ferretti County Legislative District 15 WON
Rose Walker County Legislative District 17 WON
Steve Rhoads County Legislative District 19 WON
Kate Murray Town of Hempstead Clerk WON
Anthony D’Esposito Town of Hempstead Council WON
Dennis Dunne Town of Hempstead Council WON
Dorothy Goosby Town of Hempstead Council WON
Donald Clavin Town of Hempstead Supervisor WON
Richard LaMarca Town of Oyster Bay Clerk WON
Louis Imbroto Town of Oyster Bay Council WON
Thomas Hand Town of Oyster Bay Council WON
Michele Johnson Town of Oyster Bay Council WON
Joseph Saladino Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor WON
Donna Lent Town of Brookhaven Clerk WON
Eugene Cook Town of Huntington Supervisor LOST
Mike Zaleski Town of Riverhead Highway Superintendent WON
Tim Sini County District Attorney LOST
Errol Toulon County Sheriff WON
Al Krupski County Legislative District 1 WON
Bridget Fleming County Legislative District 2 WON
Jim Mazzarella County Legislative District 3 WON
Nick Caracappa County Legislative District 4 WON
Kara Hahn County Legislative District 5 WON
Sarah Anker County Legislative District 6 LOST
Sam Gonzalez County Legislative District 9 WON
Trish Bergin County Legislative District 10 WON
Michael Simonelli County Legislative District 13 LOST
Jason Richberg County Legislative District 15 WON
Susan Berland County Legislative District 16 LOST
Eric Adams NYC Mayor WON
Stephen Bedetti for New Windsor Town Supervisor LOST
Steve Neuhaus for County Executive WON
Dave Hoovler for County District Attorney WON
Kelly Eskew for County Clerk WON
Janet Sutherland for County Legislative District 2 WON
Paul Ruszkiewicz for County Legislative District 3 WON
Kevindaryan Lujan for County Legislative District 4 WON
Genesis Ramos for County Legislative District 6 WON
Peter Tuohy for County Legislative District 7 WON
Fran Fox Pizzonia for County Legislative District 9 LOST
Sue Bahren for County Legislative District 10 LOST
Kathy Stegenga for County Legislative District 11 WON
Kevin Hines for County Legislative District 12 WON
Thomas Faggione for County Legislative District 13 WON
Laurie Tautel for County Legislative District 14 TOO CLOSE TO CALL
Mike Anagnostakis for County Legislative District 17 WON
Rob Sassi for County Legislative District 18 WON
Mike Paduch for County Legislative District 19 WON
James O’Donnell for County Legislative District 21 WON
Ed Day for County Executive WON
George Hoehmann for Clarkstown Supervisor WON
Justin Sweet for Clarkstown Clerk WON
Patrick Carroll for Clarkstown Town Board WON
Mike Graziano for Clarkstown Town Board WON
Michael Specht for Ramapo Supervisor WON
Michael Schiff for County Sheriff WON
March Gallagher for County Comptroller WON
Albert Bruno for County Legislative District 2 LOST
Brian Cahill for County Legislative District 4 WON
Abe Uchitelle for County Legislative District 5 WON
Dave Donaldson for County Legislative District 6 LOST
Brian Woltman for County Legislative District 7 LOST
Gary Pregno for County Legislative District 10 LOST
Thomas Corcoran Jr for County Legislative District 11 WON
Kelli Palinkas-Greer for County Legislative District 14 LOST
Kathy Nolan for County Legislative District 22 WON
Steven Peruso for Kingston Alderman Ward 1 LOST
Tiffany Christiana for Kingston Alderman Ward 3 LOST
Anthony Davis for Kingston Alderman Ward 6 WON
Michael Olivieri for Kingston Alderman Ward 7 WON
George Latimer for County Executive WON
Tim Idoni for County Clerk WON
Colin Smith for County Legislative District 1 WON
Erika Pierce for County Legislative District 2 WON
David Vinjamuri for County Legislative District 3 LOST
Vedat Gashi for County Legislative District 4 WON
Ben Boykin for County Legislative District 5 WON
Nancy Barr for County Legislative District 6 WON
Catherine Parker for County Legislative District 7 WON
Catherine Borgia for County Legislative District 9 WON
Damon Maher for County Legislative District 10 WON
Terry Clements for County Legislative District 11 WON
MaryJane Shimsky for County Legislative District 12 WON
Tyrae Woodson-Samuel for County Legislative District 13 WON
David Tubiolo for County Legislative District 14 WON
James Nolan for County Legislative District 15 WON
Christopher Johnson for County Legislative District 16 WON
Jose Alvarado for County Legislative District 17 WON
Corazon Pineda for Yonkers City Council District 2 WON
Matt Slater for Yorktown Town Supervisor WON
Bruce Hidley for Albany County Clerk WON
Peter Crummey for Colonie Supervisor WON
Julie Gansle for Colonie Town Clerk WON
Michele Zilgme for Colonie Receiver of Taxes WON
Melissa Jefers for Colonie Town Board WON
Phil Barrett for Clifton Park Supervisor WON
Lynda Walowit for Clifton Park Town Board WON
Anthony Morelli for Clifton Park Town Board WON
Amy Flood for Clifton Park Town Board WON
Teresa Brobston for Clifton Park Town Clerk WON
Dahn Bull for Clifton Park Highway Superintendent WON
Cathy Gatta for Schenectady County Legislature Dist. 3 WON
Sara Mae Pratt for Schenectady County Legislature Dist. 3 WON
Peter Frisoni for Schenectady County Legislature Dist. 3 WON
Randy Pascarella for Schenectady County Legislature Dist. 4 LOST
Chris Koetzle for Glenville Supervisor WON
Mike Godlewski for Glenville Town Board WON
Jenny Lippmann for Glenville Town Board LOST
Jamie Puccioni for Niskayuna Supervisor WON
Denise Murphy McGraw for Niskayuna Town Board LOST
John DellaRatta for Niskayuna Town Board WON
Jessica Brennan for Niskayuna Town Board WON