Kaplan gets more union support in re-election bid

Kaplan gets more union support in re-election bid
State Sen. Anna Kaplan (D-Port Washington). She has received the endorsement of three more labor unions ahead of her Nov. 8 race for the 7th Senate District. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)

State Sen. Anna Kaplan (D-Port Washington) has received the support of three more labor unions ahead of her race for the 7th Senate District on Nov. 8.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 25, the Enterprise Association Steamfitters Local 638 and the Public Employees Federation of New York State have all endorsed Kaplan. The announcement comes on top of the 14 labor union endorsements that she has recently received.

Kaplan is running against former state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Old Westbury). From 2011 to 2016, Martins, a former mayor of Mineola, served as the 7th District’s representative.

Kaplan said she is proud to be the self-labeled “labor candidate” in her race.

“As a state senator, I’ve fought hard for unions and working families,” she said. “As long as I have the privilege of representing this community in the Senate, I will continue fighting for organized labor and the millions of union families across the state.”

Wayne Spence, president of the New York State Public Employees Federation, said Kaplan has always battled alongside organized labor. In doing so, she has ensured that New Yorkers have access to dignified employment with competitive pay and benefits.

“We are excited to continue working with her to deliver for Long Island families by creating greater opportunity for our members and for all workers across New York,” he said.

Kaplan has served in the Senate since 2019. In 2020, she defeated former Port Washington Police Commissioner Dave Franklin to win re-election. She said she has concentrated on tax relief for the middle class, women’s rights and lowering gun violence and hate crimes.

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