City Council candidate Frank Galluscio of Queens was endorsed by the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council.
The union’s president, Peter Ward, said that his union’s endorsement was prompted by a combination of Galluscio’s experience–he worked as a top aide for Joe Addabbo, who just left the job for the State Senate–and concern about the city’s worsening economy. (There will be yet more bad news once Michael Bloomberg delivers his “bloody” budget proposal this afternoon).
While the southeastern Queens district–which includes Howard Beach, Ozone Park and part of the Rockaways–isn't known for hotels, this is a union that recently "discovered" its political "muscle," and there is currently a major hotel dispute at nearby J.F.K. airport.
The union says it has 600 members in the district.
In a statement released from the campaign, Ward said, “In these perilous times, when thousands of New Yorkers are losing their jobs and facing hardships we haven’t seen since the Great Depression, the 32nd District needs a leader like Mr. Galluscio on the City Council. He has the experience and commitment to be a leader in the fight for economic recovery that will lift the bottom up and provide genuine stability for working families.”