County Executive Candidate Gets Union Endorsement

Local 5 International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers announced support for Suffern Mayor Dagan Lacorte


Suffern Mayor Dagan Lacorte received his second union endorsement in his race for Rockland County Executive. Local 5 Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers endorsed Lacorte on Tuesday. Lacorte is one of four Democrats seeking the party’s selection for county executive.

Laborers 754 endorsed Lacorte in November 2012. 

Local 5 President Michael Clifford said union chose to support Lacorte because of his track record of keeping taxes down, investing in infrastructure and creating jobs. He said union members would campaign for Lacorte.  

“He is the only candidate in the race who understands that to bring jobs to Rockland, government needs to keep taxes down and invest in infrastructure and economic development,” said Clifford. “There is no doubt, that if he can do for Rockland, what he has done for Suffern, our county will thrive.”

Lacorte said he would strive to make the county affordable for working families.

"Rockland County was built by hardworking members of the trades,” said Lacorte. “Unfortunately, our County Government has run them out of their homes with out-of-control spending. They deserve better from their County Executive and I will work tirelessly to support our unions and working families and to dig Rockland out of this fiscal mess."

The other Democrats in the race are County Legislator Ilan Schoenberger, former Spring Valley Justice David Fried and Vladimir Leon. The Republican candidate is County Legislator Ed Day. 

Issy April 09, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Hey, this may be a first, but we are in agreement on this.
Rob T April 10, 2013 at 12:06 PM
WoW.... A union endorses a democrat, stop the presses.
CR April 10, 2013 at 02:43 PM
"Unfortunately, our County Government has run them out of their homes with out-of-control spending." This guy has to be kidding me. One of the main drivers of our County's (and Town's/State's) financial disaster is the absurd amount we pay union members for payroll, overtime, pension and other benefits (Teachers, Administrators and Police to name a few). You want to lower taxes, reduce the compensation package for these groups.
Laborers Local 754 April 10, 2013 at 07:46 PM
CR, You are confusing private sector construction unions like Local 5 and Local 754 with municipal, public unions. Two completely different animals. Private unions negotiate with private sector contractor organizations for a total pay and benefit package, usually three year deals. If health, pension, operating or any other costs increase, those unions have to take money from their packages and reallocate it accordingly. There is no increase in the original negotiated costs. Private sector construction unions operate just like a private sector business. We sell trained, skilled and safe labor on a per hour basis to private firms. As far as public union costs, one must remember that these contracts were negotiated collectively with elected officials on the other side of the table. Many of the financial problems we see today were caused by unregulated, irresponsible and possibly illegal actions by professional investment firms.
Smitty Chesterfield April 10, 2013 at 08:31 PM


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