ITHACA, N.Y. — Leslie Danks Burke, Democratic nominee to take on state Sen. Tom O’Mara, has picked up the endorsement on the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 267.
The Syracuse-based union represents more than 1,000 plumbers and pipefitters across the region, including Tompkins County.
“We are proud to stand with Leslie Danks Burke in her run for State Senate, just as she has always stood with the working families of the Southern Tier,” said Greg Lancette, UA Local 267 business manager. “For years, Leslie has been an outspoken advocate for worker training programs, worker protections, expanded healthcare access, and bringing more good-paying jobs to our region. More than ever, we need to elect leaders like Leslie who have a proven track record of fighting for working families.”
Danks Burke, who previously challenged O’Mara in 2016, says the district has been left behind by more than a decade of O’Mara’s representation.
“My opponent has been our Senator for a decade, he’s been in the majority and in the minority, but no matter what, we’ve seen local jobs leave our area. It’s long past time for a leader who fights for fair wages and good jobs,” said Danks Burke. “I’ve stood on the picket lines with workers for years fighting for change, and I know we don’t have to keep settling for less. We’re in one of the only parts of the country that didn’t emerge from the last recession, and now with COVID slamming our economy, I’m proud to have the support of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union in my fight for local jobs with good wages and worker protections.”
New York’s senior Senator Chuck Schumer endorsed last week and, joining the Local 267 from the building trades industry, the Tompkins-Cortland and Southern Tier Building and Construction Trades Councils, UAW Local 2300 and IBEW Local 241 have previously given their support to Danks Burke, who is an attorney and a longtime advocate for education, healthcare, and rural economic development.
The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3.