In Monroe County, CSEA members worked for months to elect Adam Bello as the new County Executive. In his acceptance speech, Bello acknowledged CSEA and thanked our members for their hard work. Bello’s election brings to an end an administration that ignored the CSEA workforce and actively encouraged members to quit their union. CSEA looks forward to forging a strong working relationship with Bello.
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro was also successful in his re-election campaign. Throughout his campaign, Molinaro stressed the collaborative partnership with CSEA as key to the continued shared success of the county.
Also in the Dutchess County Town of Wappinger, CSEA member and 29-year town Highway Department employee Michael Sheehan was elected Highway Superintendent. Sheehan replaces a highway superintendent who blatantly ignored provisions in our contract.After years of a tense relationship with the previous Onondaga County Executive, CSEA has been pleased to work side-by-side with Ryan McMahon since he was appointed as County Executive last year. CSEA fought hard to successfully elect McMahon to a full term as county executive.
In the Town of Hempstead, now outgoing Supervisor Laura Gillen sued CSEA over a no-layoff agreement we had with her predecessor. The town’s Receiver of Taxes, Donald Clavin, publicly stood with CSEA against Gillen’s actions. CSEA stood with Clavin, who defeated Gillen to become Hempstead’s new Town Supervisor. Gillen has yet to concede, but signs are promising Clavin will prevail.
In addition to these key races, many other CSEA endorsed candidates saw victories at the polls on Election Day. Our members truly made a difference in many of these races. Our members showed the strength and power of union, proving once again when we volunteer and vote, we win.