Screening the Democrats

Local 237 will interview Democratic statewide and local candidates this Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Hilton Hotel.

Among those expected to attend are Rep. Carolyn Maloney, her challenger Reshma Saujani, Senator Chuck Schumer, Senate candidate Jonathan Tasini, State comptroller Tom Dinapoli, and the attorney general candidates: Eric Schneiderman, Kathleen Rice, Richard Brodsky, and Eric Dinallo.

I’m told Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is traveling upstate and can’t attend, and that attorney general candidate Sean Coffey hasn’t confirmed yet.

“Of most concern to members is what these candidates will do to address the financial and budgetary issues facing the state and impacting their lives and work,” said the union’s president, Greg Floyd.

The union was originally going to include gubernatorial candidates, but later decided to postpone it.

Which keeps the pressure off the one unannounced candidate.

Before the change was made, however, a person familiar with the event’s planning said Republican gubernatorial candidates Steve Levy and Rick Lazio were both invited, and accepted. Later they both backed out, according to this source.