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Teamsters Joint Council 16 Makes Three State Senate Endorsements

Teamsters Joint Council 16, representing about 120,000 workers in the five boroughs, has endorsed a trio of contenders today in three competitive State Senate races.

The union backed ex-Councilman Leroy Comrie’s bid against indicted Queens State Senator Malcolm Smith, Dell Smitherman’s campaign against indicted Brooklyn State Senator John Sampson and Bronx State Senator Gustavo Rivera’s re-election campaign against Councilman Fernando Cabrera.

“We looked at the map strategically and decided these were three races where we could make a difference by endorsing early,” said Teamsters President George Miranda in a statement to the Observer. “Over 1,000 Teamsters are registered to vote in each of these districts. By mobilizing our members, we will have a big impact.”