Local labor unions announce endorsement for Dem. Abdelazim

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Over a dozen local labor unions are backing Democrat Tarik Abdelazim for Binghamton Mayor.

A local labor support rally was held Monday night on the Broome County Courthouse steps, where 17 local labor unions announced their endorsement for the Democrat.

They include Plumbers and Pipefitters local 112, Electrical Workers Local 325, Carpenters Local 277 along with Operating Engineers, Insulators, Roofers, Sheet Metal Workers, Iron Workers and painters.

Union leaders criticized Mayor Rich David for his decision to veto a project labor agreement for the Joint Sewage Treatment Plant along with his handling of the historic snowstorm.

Michael Dundon is an organizer for Labor 785 and a Binghamton resident.

He says David blamed others for the storm and didn't take responsibility when his campaign was caught changing news headlines on social media.

"He was quick to ask for the resignation for the Department of Public Works and the Deputy, but when your Deputy Mayor, Jared Kraham, is changing Facebook pages, how come you're not asking for his resignation? That's the resignation we'd like to see. We'd like to see the City of Binghamton getting cleaned up from unethical politicians sitting in City Hall doing what they want, when they want," said Dundon.

David has called the headline-changing a regrettable mistake and the posts were corrected on his campaign Facebook page.

Mayor David has been endorsed by the Teamsters as well as the union representing Binghamton Firefighters.

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