Both candidates for the Erie County comptroller's seat are counting on union support on Election Day.
While Vanessa Glushefski has racked up nine union endorsements so far, Republican incumbent Stefan Mychajliw isn't conceding union votes to his Democratic challenger.
He's won six union endorsements of his own, primarily from police unions. The Amherst Police Club recently became the sixth major union to endorse Mychajliw. Four other police unions across Erie County endorsed Mychajliw’s re-election bid. They include the Buffalo Police PBA, Erie County Sheriff’s PBA and the separate white- and blue-collar unions representing Cheektowaga Police.
In addition to the five police unions, the Republican comptroller also has the support of AFSCME Local 1095, a union that represents mostly 1,500 blue collar workers within the county workforce.
"Unions, Democrats and people of all backgrounds and political parties recognize the importance of keeping me as their independent watchdog," Mychajliw said. "Taxpayers are best served by strong checks and balances in county government. Our region has seen a bit of resurgence of late. My job is to make sure the politicians don’t screw it up.”
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