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32BJ endorses Councilman Lew Fidler for state senate

The largest private-sector union in New York is throwing its support behind New York City Councilman Lew Fidler in his race to replace disgraced former Brooklyn state senator Carl Kruger in the 27th Senate District in southern Brooklyn.

“Councilman Fidler has a record of championing the rights of working people throughout the city,” said 32BJ's president Mike Fishman in a statement. “We are committed to supporting candidates who will make New York a state that works for working people.”

The union says it will work to mobilize the more than 1,500 members it has in 27th Senate District in southern Brooklyn.

"I am proud to have the support of the hardworking men and women of 32BJ,” Fidler in a statement. "I’ve spent my time as a public servant dedicated to advocating for working and middle class families. This endorsement is a true indicator that I’ve succeeded for these communities. But our work here is not done and I look forward to continuing this work in Albany and delivering for Working and Middle-Class families in this district and throughout the state."

While Fidler is accepting the backing of labor, he's not appearing on the labor-backed Working Families Party line. He didn't appear on the line for his 2009 council run either.

Calls to the campaign of Fidler's opponent, David Storobin, for a comment were not immediately returned.