ELMIRA, N.Y. — State Sen. Tom O’Mara announced the endorsement of the Civil Services Employee Association (CSEA) on Wednesday.
CSEA represents about 300,000 New Yorkers who work in state, county and municipal governments, as well as school district, child care and private sector employees.
“From employees of the State to local governments to the private sector, CSEA members provide the services that New Yorkers need and depend on every day. This is especially true during this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis as CSEA members have been on the front lines continuing vital services during the pandemic,” said CSEA President Mary Sullivan. “As New York and its localities grapple with the economic fallout of COVID-19, we need elected officials who will fight to maintain these services while keeping our workforce safe. CSEA is proud to endorse your candidacy for New York State Senate. We are confident that you will stand with working people to make New York a better state. Working together we will get through this crisis.”
CSEA membership makes up about 5,000 district residents in NY-58. The district encompasses all of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties, and a large portion of Tompkins County, including the City and Town of Ithaca, and the Towns of Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses.
“CSEA members throughout our communities have been on the front lines throughout the COVID-19 crisis and response, day in and day out providing vital services to those in need,” said O’Mara in a press release. “It has been a remarkable effort. I am truly grateful this year, which has taken such a toll in so many ways, to have earned CSEA’s confidence and recognition of my commitment to our workers and their future safety and economic security. Most importantly, I look forward to continue working together on the road back to a better New York to help our communities find solid ground again.”
O’Mara was first elected to the state Senate in 2010. He currently serves as the Ranking Member of both the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is facing Democratic challenge Leslie Danks Burke in November’s general election.