A powerful FDNY union backed Rep. Nicole Malliotakis for re-election Tuesday after sitting out the house race in 2020 when the Staten Island Republican unseated Democratic novice Rep. Max Rose in the 11th congressional district.
Uniformed Firefighters Association President Andrew Ansbro cited Malliotakis’ role in ongoing efforts to care for 9/11 survivors as key to earning his union’s support.
“She fought for our membership for federal benefits and she has proven time and again that she walks the path to helping the NYC firefighting community and her county!” Ansbro said in a statement. “Nicole will win in November and we are proud to be partners in this endeavor.”
UFA represents approximately 20,000 current and former FDNY members.
Malliotakis also secured confirmation from the Uniformed Fire Officers Association earlier this month, who supported Rose in 2020.
Public sector unions have outsized influence on Staten Island, which is both the most Republican of the five boroughs and is home to many firefighters, police officers, and other city workers.
A GOP poll of the race in July showed Malliotakis 15 points ahead of Rose.
Democrats had been favored to flip the House seat after state lawmakers first added super-blue Park Slope to the Brooklyn portion of the 11th Precinct in new maps approved earlier this year.
But the courts invalidated the so-called “Hochulmander” and the district became much friendlier to Republicans after court-appointed special master Jonathan Cervas redrawn congressional lines.
Former President Donald Trump won the new 11th District in the 2020 election by nearly eight percentage points over President Joe Biden, according to analysis by the CUNY Mapping Service.
“As a member of Congress, I was proud to spearhead the initiative to permanently fund the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. I have the utmost respect for UFA and regardless of their decision, I will fight for their members if I am re-elected to Congress,” Rose said in a statement responding to the union’s support for Malliotakis.
Rose, a moderate, is running against Democratic Socialist Brittany Ramos DeBarros — an Army colleague — in the Aug. 23 Democratic primary, with the winner running against Malliotakis in the Nov. 8 general election.
https://nypost.com/2022/08/16/fdny-union-backs-gops-nicole-malliotakis-for-house-after-staying-neutral-in-2020/ FDNY union backs GOP’s Nicole Malliotakis for house after remaining neutral in 2020