NYSUT backs Democrat James Gaughran for state Senate


Democratic State Senate candidate James Gaughran has gotten an early endorsement from New York State United Teachers in his rematch against GOP Sen. Carl Marcellino, chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

The endorsement came a month before the union normally meets in Albany to pick candidates to back in the November election. Gaughran was the only Long Island candidate to get NYSUT’s early backing. Three Assembly candidates and three other State Senate candidates, including incumbent Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers, Senate minority leader, also got the union’s early support.

Andy Palotta, NYSUT president, said the union chose Gaughran after Marcellino and others “turned their backs” on teachers and students by failing to overhaul the teacher evaluation system. Palotta called Gaughran “a better choice” to restore “local control of our schools.”


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