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PBA of New York State Law Enforcement Announces NY State Legislature Endorsements

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

The Police Benevolent Association of New York State Law Enforcement (PBA of NYS) today announced endorsements of candidates running in New York State legislative races.

The PBA of NYS Law Enforcement represents New York State University Police, the New York State Environmental Conservation Police, the New York State Park Police, and the New York State Forest Rangers.

“After careful consideration, the union representing nearly 1,200 state agency police officers proudly endorses the candidates listed below. They have each demonstrated a commitment to the law enforcement community and are the most qualified person in their race,” said PBA of NYS President Peter Barry. “These candidates share our goals to protect the public, environment and natural resources.”

Candidates are selected through a process that includes face-to-face interviews, questionnaires and an evaluation of voting records, bill sponsorship and general support on issues deemed important to PBA of NYS members.

PBA of NYS endorsement 2016 list of endorsed candidates

In the Senate, the PBA of NYS endorses:

Western New York candidates:

  • Sen. Patrick Gallivan, R-Elma, 59th Senate District
  • Senate candidate Chris Jacobs, 60th Senate District
  • Sen. Timothy Kennedy, D-Buffalo, 63rd Senate District

Rochester area candidates:

  • Sen. Rich Funke, R-Fairport, 55th Senate District
  • Sen. Joseph Robach, R-Rochester, 56th Senate District

Central New York candidates:

  • Sen John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, 50th Senate District
  • Sen. Patricia Ritchie, R-Watertown, 48th Senate District
  • Sen. David Valesky, D-Syracuse, 53rd Senate District

Southern Tier candidates:

  • Sen. Fred Akshar, R-Binghamton, 52nd Senate District
  • Sen. Thomas O’Mara, R-Elmira, 58th Senate District
  • Sen. Catharine M. Young, R-Olean, 57th Senate District

Greater Capital Region candidates:

  • Sen. George Amedore, R-Rotterdam, 46th Senate District

Mid-Hudson and Lower Hudson Valley candidates:

  • Sen. Bill Larkin, R-New Windsor, 39th Senate District
  • Sen. George Latimer, D-Port Chester, 37th Senate District
  • Sen. Terrence Murphy, R-Shrub Oak, 40th Senate District
  • Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, 35th Senate District

NYC Borough candidates:

  • Sen. Michael Gianaris, D-Astoria, 12th Senate District
  • Sen. Martin Golden, R-Brooklyn, 22nd Senate District
  • Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-Manhattan, 27th Senate District
  • Sen. Jeff Klein, Independent Democratic Conference Leader, D-Bronx, 34th Senate District
  • Sen. Diane Savino, D-Staten Island, 23rd Senate District
  • Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, D-Flushing, 16th Senate District

Long Island candidates:

  • Sen. Thomas Croci, R-Hauppauge, 3rd Senate District
  • Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, R-Smithtown, 2nd Senate District
  • Sen. Kemp Hannon, R-Garden City Garden City, 6th Senate District
  • Sen. Kenneth LaValle, R-Mount Sinai, 1st Senate District
  • Sen. Carl Marcellino, R-Oyster Bay, 5th Senate District

In the Assembly, the PBA of NYS endorses:

Western New York candidates:

  • Assemblyman John Ceretto, D-Niagara Falls, 145th Assembly District
  • Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, 149th Assembly District

Rochester area candidates:

  • Assemblyman Harry Bronson, D-Rochester, 138th Assembly District
  • Assemblyman Joseph Morelle, D-Rochester, 136th Assembly District

Central New York candidates:

  • Diane Dwire, Democrat, 126th Assembly District
  • Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter, D-Syracuse, 129th Assembly District
  • Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Geneva, 131st Assembly District
  • Assemblyman William Magnarelli, D-Syracuse, 129th Assembly District
  • Assemblywoman Addie Russell, D-Watertown, 116th Assembly District
  • Assemblyman Al Stirpe, D- North Syracuse, 127th Assembly District

Southern Tier candidates:

  • Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Binghamton, 123rd Assembly District

Greater Capital Region candidates:

  • Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, 109th Assembly District
  • Assemblyman John McDonald III, D-Cohoes, 108th Assembly District
  • Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Amsterdam, 111th Assembly District
  • Assemblyman Phil Steck, D-Schenectady, 110th Assembly District
  • Assemblyman James Tedisco, R-Grenville, 112th Assembly District
  • Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, D-Saratoga Springs, 113th Assembly District

MI-Hudson and Lower Hudson Valley candidates:

  • Assemblyman David Buchwald, D-Mt. Kisco, 93rd Assembly District
  • Assemblywoman Sandra Galef, D-Ossining, 95th Assembly District
  • Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, D-Yonkers,90th Assembly District
  • Assemblyman Frank Skartados, D-Newburgh, 104th Assembly District
  • Assemblyman James Skoufis, D-Chester, 99th Assembly District

New York City Borough candidates:

  • Assemblyman Peter Abbate, D-Brooklyn, 49th Assembly District
  • Brian Barnwell, Democrat, 30th Assembly District
  • Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, D-Brooklyn, 45th Assembly District
  • Assemblyman Herman “Denny” Farrell, D-Manhattan, 71st Assembly District
  • Assemblyman Pamela Harris, D-Brooklyn, 46th Assembly District
  • Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, 83rd Assembly District
  • Assemblyman Victor Pichardo, D-Bronx, 86th Assembly District
  • Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez, D-Manhattan, 68th Assembly District
  • Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda, D-Bronx, 87th Assembly District

Long Island candidates:

  • Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper, D-Hempstead, 18th Assembly District
  • Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre, D-Lindenhurst, 11th Assembly District
  • Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky, D-Long Beach, 20th Assembly District
  • Assemblyman Michael Miller, D-Woodhaven, 38th Assembly District
  • Assemblyman Philip Ramos, D-Brentwood, 6th Assembly District
  • Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, D-Valley Stream, 22nd Assembly District
  • Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Jr., I-Bridgehampton, 1st Assembly District

The PBA of New York State is the exclusive bargaining agent for the New York State University (SUNY) Police, the New York State Environmental Conservation Police, the New York State Park Police, and the New York State Forest Rangers. Our members police and protect New York State’s public universities and colleges; state parks and historic sites; and they enforce state laws and protect our lands and forests and ensure environmental safety and quality throughout the state.