Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Brown gets union endorsement

TROY – An incumbent candidate for City Council has received the support of local builders.

Councilman John Brown, D-At Large, who is seeking re-election this fall, was recently endorsed by the Greater Capital Region Building Trades Council and the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union Local 2.

“I am truly honored to have the support of the men and women of organized labor as I seek re-election this year,” said Brown. “They are the backbone of our economy and our communities.”

Bob Mantello, president of the Bricklayers and Building Trades council, which represents more than 12,000 unionized construction families, said that Brown has shown he is willing to fight for working men and women and good government at the same time.

“His support of the Police and Fire Department staffing levels in Troy, as well as for additional code enforcement officers in the city, prove John Brown is a friend to organized labor and a hard worker for his constituents,” said Mantello.

Brown added that he has continued to work for open and responsive government that works for the taxpayers of the city.

“Since I took office, I have attended many, many neighborhood group meetings, I have issued a bi-annual newsletter to keep residents informed, and this (Democratic) council majority lengthened the public comment portion of council meetings,” said Brown. “I hope I am fortunate enough to continue to serve the people of Troy for two more years.”

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