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August 13, 2018

PBA Gives Backing To 16 in Primary Races For State Legislature


The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association last week announced endorsements of 16 candidates for the State Senate and Assembly who are facing contested primary races.  

 “The candidates we are endorsing today all have one thing in common: they understand the challenges New York City police officers face,” said PBA President Patrick J. Lynch. “They understand what we need to do our job successfully.  They have pledged their support on many of the issues that are important to our union and its members, and they are willing to work with us towards our shared goal of a stronger, safer New York.” 

Six for Assembly

Endorsements went to Assembly Members Brian Barnwell, Aridia Espinal and Robert Rodriguez, and to candidates Ethan Lustig-Elgrably, Charles Fall and Mike Reilly. Mr. Reilly is running in the Republican primary, the rest in the Democratic primary.

In the Senate Democratic Primary, endorsements went to incumbents Tony Avella, Jose Peralta, Simcha Felder, Martin Dilan, Jesse Hamilton, Diane Savino, Marisol Alcantara, Jeffrey Klein, David Carlucci and Tim Kennedy. Seven of them are former members of the Independent Democratic Conference.

The PBA also endorsed Sen. Martin Golden, a Republican and former NYPD police officer, in the general election. 

The union said it may announce additional primary endorsements in the coming weeks.