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For Release October 31, 2014

New York’s Bravest Union Announces Endorsements

The Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) announced a wide range of bipartisan political endorsements in elections across New York, including races for the U.S. House of Representatives, New York State Senate and State Assembly.

“Public Safety is the top priority for New York City Firefighters and first responders in cities and towns all across our state. The UFA is absolutely committed to supporting candidates who are willing to fight in order to maintain the security of our communities,” said UFA President Steve Cassidy. “The last dozen years have been the busiest in the 149 year history of the FDNY, with emergency calls rising 12.3 percent. Over that period of time, New York’s Bravest' responded to more than 5.7 million civilian calls for help. Our firefighters and the citizens we are sworn to protect rely on the support of our dedicated elected officials.”

“The candidates our union and its firefighters are endorsing represent a bipartisan cross-section of leaders in the House of Representatives, State Senate and State Assembly. Regardless of party, we will support candidates who support us,” said Jim Slevin, UFA Vice President and Legislative Director. “As New York’s population has grown, as development across our cities and state expands, we need to be dedicating the proper resources necessary for protecting citizens from all types of emergencies, be that fires, medical emergencies or terror threats.”

New York City Firefighters respond to a wide range of emergencies including fires, manmade and natural disasters, explosions, train derailments, ferry and boat accidents, gas leaks, scaffolding rescues, serious vehicle accidents and extractions, medical emergencies and terror threats. Firefighters are also trained as New York City’s first line of defense to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats (CBRN).

The UFA is the largest firefighters union local in the world, representing New York City Firefighters, Fire Marshals, Marine Engineers, Pilots and Wipers.

For a link to the UFA political endorsements: www.ufanyc.org/2014_Endorsements/

UFA endorsements for U.S. House of Representatives:
Tim Bishop
Steve Israel
Pete King
Kathleen Rice
Greg Meeks
Grace Meng
Nydia Velazquez
Hakeem Jeffries
Yvette Clark
Jerrold Nadler
Carolyn Maloney
Charles Rangel
Joseph Crowley
Jose Serrano
Eliot Engel
Nita Lowey
Sean Patrick Malone

UFA endorsements for New York State Senate:
Kenneth LaValle
John Flanagan
Tom Croci
Phil Boyle
Carl Marcellino
Kemp Hannon
Jack Martins
Michael Venditto
Dean Skelos
James Sanders, Jr.
Tony Avella
Michael Gianaris
Jose Peralta
Leroy Comrie
Joseph Addabbo
Toby Ann Stavisky
Simcha Felder
Martin Dilan
Jesse Hamilton
Kevin Parker
Martin Golden
Diane Savino
Andrew Lanza
Velmanette Montgomery
Daniel Squadron
Brad Holyman
Liz Krueger
Jose Serrano
Bill Perkins
Adriano Espaillat
Ruben Diaz
Gustavo Rivera
Jeffrey Klein
Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Ruth Hassel-Thompson
George Latimer
David Carlucci
William Larkin
Terrence P. Murphy
Sue Serino
John Bonacic
Kathy Marchione
George Amedore

UFA endorsements for New York State Assembly:
Fred Theile
Ed Hennessey
Steve Englebright
Al Graf
Phil Ramos
Andrew Garbarino
Jason Zove
Joe Saladino
Kimberly Jean-Pierre
Andrew Raia
Charles Lavine
David McDonough
Michelle Schimel
Thomas McKevitt
Earlene Hill Hooper
Edward Ra
Todd Kaminsky
Brian Curran
Michaelle C. Solage
Phillip Goldfeder
David Weprin
Nily Rozic
Edward Braunstein
Michael Simanowitz
Andrew Hevesi
William Scarborough
Margaret Markey
Michele Titus
Vivian Cook
Barbara Clark
Michael DenDekker
Jeffrion Aubry
Aravella Simotas
Catherine Nolan
Michael Miller
Francisco Moya
Ron Kim
Helene Weinstein
Karim Camara
James Brennan
Steven Cymbrowitz
Alec Brook-Krasny
Dov Hikind
Peter Abbate
Joseph Lentol
Felix Ortiz
Jo Anne Simon
Maritza Davila
Erik Dilan
Annette Robinson
Walter Mosley
N. Nick Perry
Matthew Titone
Joseph Borelli
Michael Cusick
Nicole Malliotakis
Sheldon Silver
Deborah Glick
Linda Rosenthal
Robert Rodriguez
Daniel O’Donnell
Keith Wright
Herman Farrell
Linda Rosenthal
Robert Rodriguez
Daniel O’Donnell
Keith Wright
Herman Farrell
Guillermo Linares
Dan Quart
Brian Kavanagh
Richard Gottfried
Rebecca Seawright
Latoya Joyner
Jose Rivera
Michael Blake
Mark Gjonai
Jeffrey Dinowitz
Michael Benedetto
Carl Heastie
Carmen Arroyo
Marcos Crespo
Victor Pichardo
Luis Sepulveda
Amy Paulin
J. Gary Pretlow
Shelley Mayer
Steve Otis
Thomas Abinanti
David Buchwald
Andy Falk
Kenneth Zebrowski
Ellen Jaffee
Elisa Tutini
James Skoufis
Aileen Gunther
Chris Farber
Kevin Cahill
Frank Skartados

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