20140818_103743(New York, NY, August 18, 2014)  – Today, the 2.5 million member New York State AFL-CIO announced the endorsement of Tom DiNapoli for reelection as New York State Comptroller.  The endorsement took place at the State Federation’s 2014 Committee on Political Education (COPE) Convention.

“Comptroller DiNapoli understands that working men and women are the backbone of this state, and that our economy rises and falls as they do,” said Mario Cilento

As sole trustee of the state pension system, Comptroller DiNapoli has effectively led the fund to record levels. These results ensure the retirement security of public employees, but the Comptroller’s investments in New York businesses also help create private sector jobs right here in the state. In addition, as New York’s fiscal watchdog, the Comptroller has helped shine a spotlight on waste in programs such as Industrial Development Agencies, where it is all too common for corporations to take public money but fail to produce promised jobs.

“Comptroller DiNapoli understands that working men and women are the backbone of this state, and that our economy rises and falls as they do,” said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO.  “From his staunch defense of the defined benefit pension system to his efforts to safeguard their hard-earned tax dollars, no one does more to protect working people than Comptroller DiNapoli.  We are proud to endorse Tom DiNapoli and will coordinate get-out-the-vote efforts throughout the state to ensure that the Comptroller is reelected.”

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the New York State AFL-CIO and proud to have the support of the hard-working union men and women of this state,” said Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. “As your Comptroller, I will continue to champion the issues that matter to our middle-class, including strengthening our pension fund and protecting taxpayer dollars from waste and fraud. Alongside President Cilento and New York’s 2.5 million AFL-CIO members, we will continue the work to make this State a better place for our families to work and live.”

Members will be contacted on the job and at home through member mailings, worksite flyers, phone bank operations and a “labor-to-neighbor” program, where union members visit other members in the area to discuss a particular race.