Bay Ridge

Cops, firefighters are in Golden’s corner

Unions endorse state senator’s re-election bid

October 8, 2014 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Members of the Uniformed Firefighters Association and Local 2507 said they are supporting state Sen. Marty Golden (fourth from left) for re-election. Golden, who is a retired cop, has also been endorsed by the PBA.
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State Sen. Golden, a retired police officer, has won the support of cops and firefighters in his bid for a seventh term in office. Golden, who has represented the 22nd Senate District (Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn) since 2002, was recently endorsed by both the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and the Uniformed Firefighters Association.

The longtime lawmaker was also endorsed by Local 2507, a union representing paramedics. EMTs and fire inspectors.

PBA President Pat Lynch said Golden has a special understanding of what the members of New York’s Finest go through when they are protecting the public. “As a former police officer from a family of police officers, who better understands the hard work and daily stress members of the police service undergo than Senator Marty Golden?  Together with the many pieces of pro law enforcement legislation that take and keep criminals off our streets that Senator Golden has sponsored and supported, he is the perfect choice for the members of our 22,000 member organization,” Lynch said.

Firefighters also believe that Golden is looking out for them, said Steve Cassidy, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association. “Time and time again Marty Golden has proved himself an outstanding partner to the FDNY. He has fought beside us to keep firehouses open and our success can be in part attributed to his fervent and relentless efforts. He has been a leader in passing legislation that provides assistance to families devastated by the tragedy of 9/11. We look forward to supporting him and continuing our valuable partnership,” Cassidy said.

Golden serves as the chairman of senate’s Civil Service and Pensions Committee. 

Israel Miranda, president of Local 2507, said Golden recognizes the important work his union members perform. “From day one serving the people, Senator Golden recognized the important work our EMT’s, paramedics and fire inspectors do for the people for our city. This has translated into meaningful legislation that protects them as well as all citizens by improving our members work environment and productivity,” he said.

Golden said he was honored to receive the endorsements. “No one works harder than the members of these organizations, and their work every day saving lives should be commended.  We need to do more to ensure our first responders get everything they need to do their jobs, and when I return to Albany I am committed to their fight,” he said.


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