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IATSE Endorses Andrew Cuomo for New York State Attorney General

Photo caption: President Short introduces NYS Attorney General Candidate Andrew Cuomo at a “Meet and Greet” Event held at the IATSE General Office on June 6, 2006.

On June 6, 2006, New York State Attorney General candidate Andrew Cuomo earned the endorsement of the IATSE.

“Andrew Cuomo’s outstanding, life-long record fighting for working families makes him the best choice for New York State’s next Attorney General,” said Thomas C. Short, President of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (IATSE).  “As HUD Secretary under President Clinton, Andrew stood up to powerful corporate interests and large institutions on behalf of people.  As Attorney General, we know he will continue to protect working families from abuse and unscrupulous corporations, particularly at a time when the Bush Administration has been completely absent.”

Upon receiving IATSE’s endorsement, Andrew Cuomo said, “I am proud to have the support of the hard-working men and women of IATSE.  New York’s entertainment industry thrives because of the people who labor day in and day out.  They deserve their fair share.  That is why as Attorney General, I support Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol’s bill to crack down on counterfeiters and other criminals whose illegal piracy activities threaten the hard, honest labor of IATSE’s members.  I will enforce the laws that protect the rights and dignity of every worker.”

IATSE’s endorsement adds to the widespread support from labor unions around the state that have already endorsed Cuomo for Attorney General including: NYC Detectives Endowment Association, 1199 SEIU, the New York State Teamsters, SEIU 200United, The United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Steamfitters, NYC Deputy Sheriffs Association and the Retail Wholesale Department Store Union (RWDSU), The International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, District 15, the New York Hotel Trades Council, Ironworkers Local 6, Boilermakers Local 7, Transport Workers Union Local 2020, and Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen BLET Local 659.