Tuesday, August 17, 2010

PEF endorses Cuomo for governor


COLONIE, NY (08/16/2010)(readMedia)-- The New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) announced its endorsement of Democrat Andrew Cuomo for governor at the New York State AFL-CIO COPE Convention held at The Desmond in Colonie. The endorsement was the result of a vote by PEF's Executive Board at its quarterly meeting.

"Andrew Cuomo earned our endorsement because of his positions on two key issues for us - reducing the state's wasteful use of consultants, and his plan to rein in hundreds of unaccountable public authorities that are packed with patronage appointments and duplicate services provided by state agencies," said PEF President Kenneth Brynien.

"We agree with Mr. Cuomo that New York deserves better government especially on these issues.

"Our members working in the state Department of Law have found state Attorney General Cuomo supportive of PEF's efforts to save the taxpayers' money by reducing the state's reliance on costly private consultants.

"We expect Mr. Cuomo to continue to reduce the state's reliance on consultants when he becomes governor.

"We support Andrew Cuomo's candidacy for governor and look forward to working with him in January," Brynien added.

PEF is the state's second-largest state-employee union, representing 58,000 professional, scientific and technical employees.


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