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NYS AFL-CIO C.O.P.E. 2014 Convention

  • On Monday August 18, 2014 the NYS AFL-CIO C.O.P.E. Convention in New York City was attended by delegates NCCFT President Debra DeSanto, Carmine DeSanto, Dawn Smith and Donna Hope.
  • Over 1,000 delegates and alternates attended the convention of which NYSUT, an affiliate of the state AFL-CIO, was represented at the convention by nearly 400 delegates.
  • Because of the strong numbers of participants, solidarity and support, we successfully carried our message from NYSUT’s Endorsement Conference to the NYS AFL-CIO.  This is proof that our Union is strongest when our members are engaged and mobilized. 
  • There are 63 Senate and 150 Assembly races to watch in 2014. The New York State AFL-CIO endorsed state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli for reelection this fall.
  • One of the most heated challenges was that of Senate District 8.  Dave Dennenberg won the endorsement by a tight two-thirds vote.   
  • Notably missing from the list was Andrew Cuomo, a Democratwho was endorsed in 2010. The New York State AFL-CIO did not endorse Cuomo in the race for governor.   Democratic candidates have long relied on support from organized labor, but Cuomo has had a more contentious relationship with unions.   
Our Political Action Committee (PAC) will be posting the list of recommended endorsements in the near future.