Nurses Union Shifts From Republican Maltese to Democrat Addabbo

Republican State Senator Serf Maltese, whose re-election campaign is being closely watched this year, announced today he was endorsed by the Public Employees Federation.

When asked for comment, a spokeswoman for Maltese’s Democratic opponent, Joe Addabbo, emailed a lengthy list of union endorsements –some which haven’t been publicly announced yet. That list includes the New York State Nurses Association, which Addabbo’s campaign said endorsed Maltese in 2006 in previous election years.

Here’s the list of union’s endorsing Addabbo, courtesy of his campaign.

Amalgamated Transit Union 1056
Amalgamated Transit Union 1181
Civil Service Tech Guild Local 375
CWA 1180
CWA 1182
CWA District Council 1
District Council 37 Local 983
Doctors Council
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 891
Iron Workers
Local 802 – American Federation of Musicians
National Association of Social Workers-NYC
New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council
New York League of Conservation Voters
New York State Nurses’ Association
Planned Parenthood of New York City
Plumbers Local 1
Retirees Association of District Council 37
RWDSU
RWDSU Local 338
SSEU Local 37
Tenants PAC
UAW
UFCW Local 1500
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UPDATE: The director of governmental affairs for the union, Shawn Flynn, said it didn’t make an endorsement in Maltese’s 2006 race, but it’s likely it did in prior elections. "He’s been in office a long time," Flynn said.