Eric Schneiderman is adding the endorsement of two firefighter unions today as the attorney general campaign reaches its final days
The Uniformed Firefighters Association and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association- who represent over 22,000 individuals involved in fire rescues- both announced their support for the Democrat’s bid.
“Eric understands the difficult and dangerous job performed by New York’s firefighters,” said UFA president Steve Cassidy.
The latest Siena poll, released last Wednesday, declared the AG race to be the closest state-wide race with Schneiderman ahead of his Republican opponent Dan Donovan by seven points.
The bulk of public safety officer’s endorsements have gone to Donovan, and Schneiderman used the opportunity of the endorsement to tout his own public safety bonafides.
“It is a great honor to be endorsed by New York’s true heroes who put their lives on the line everyday to keep us safe,” he said. “As Attorney General, I will crack down on crime wherever it occurs and vow to keep New Yorkers safe.”
The endorsement comes rather late in the race, as the firefighters unions initially backed Schneiderman’s primary challenger Sean Coffey. While the groups tend to stick with the Democrats in their endorsements, they will back Republicans occasionally.