NEW YORK CITY — Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer picked up his first labor endorsement in the city comptroller race Tuesday, and it was a big one.
The regional political committee of the Civil Service Employees Association—the state’s largest public sector employee union, with 20,000 members and retirees in New York City—voted to back Spitzer’s campaign for comptroller.
“The decision was based on Spitzer’s strong record of accomplishment as the ‘Sheriff of Wall Street’ during his time as New York State Attorney General and Governor,” the union said in a statement announcing the endorsement.
CSEA spokesman Stephen Madarasz said Spitzer was the only candidate in the race to approach the union for its support. “He sought this endorsement and our members are supporting him,” he said, adding that the union had a good relationship with Spitzer during his tenure as governor.
“I’m thankful for the support of CSEA," Spitzer said in a statement. "We had a constructive working relationship while I was in the Governor's office, and I look forward to working with them again."