Dear COBA Members/Retirees;
Another Election Day has come and gone, this time with mixed results.
At the top of the ticket, COBA's choice for Governor Lee Zeldin lost his long shot bid for Governor to incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul. Zeldin was also the choice of Westchester, Suffolk and NYC Corrections. We had hoped for a change in the Governorship this year, but it was not to be.
As for other races, COBA and all other Public Sector Workers especially those in uniform were very happy to have Democratic State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli retain his post.
DiNapoli is a strong union supporter and excellent steward of the State Pension System.
Not to mention a long time supporter of Nassau COBA.
COBA's choices for United States Congress all won their races.
Republican Andrew Garbarino won re-election to Congress, with newcomers Anthony D'Esposito and George Santos, each headed to Washington.
In the State Senate, COBA endorsed Jack Martins, Patricia Canzoneri-Fitzpatrick and Steve Rhoads, who all won their races and flipped those seats back to the Republican side.
Alexis Weik won re-election, with the only loss being James Coll in Nassau County.
Four out of our five choices won their elections.
In the Assembly the majority of COBA's endorsed candidates either won election or re-election. Unfortunately, the Assembly is so deep rooted with left wing City seats, the Assembly will continue to be a thorn in the side of Law Enforcement in this State going forward.
One huge surprise loss to every union person in New York, especially those of us in uniform was the loss of Democratic Assemblyman Peter Abbatte in Brooklyn. Abbatte is the long time Chairman of the Government Employees and Labor Committees. He was a long time (several decade long) advocate for union workers in New York and sponsored almost all pension related bills for union workers including us. Abbatte was the sponsor of our "Death Gamble" and "Act of a Civilian" disability bills that were passed last year. Peter Abbatte will be sorely missed in the NYS Assembly.
In the end, some change is coming to Albany. Republican Senate wins takes away the Supermajority of Democratic party rule. Now at least there should be some compromise and deal making to hopefully bring some level of sanity back to Albany. We will see in January.
Brian Sullivan, COBA President