The Hudson County Building and Construction Trades Council endorsed Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop for re-election earlier this morning.
“First I’d like to say Steve always and will be a friend to the building trades center here today, and all the trades going forward. But I’m proud to make the endorsement for Mayor Fulop and his team here today,” began HCBCTC President Pat Kelleher said in front of City Hall.
The endorsement carries weight from 13 local trade unions: UA PLUMBERS Local 24, UA Pipefitters Local 274, UA Sprinkler Fitters Local 696, International Brothers of Electrical Workers 164, Insulators Local 32, Sheet metal Local 25, Carpenters Local 253, Painters Tapers and Glaziers Local 711, Laborers Local 3, Teamsters Local 560, Roofers Local 8 Bricklayers Local 7 and BAC Local 7.
“This is important to us on multiple fronts. I will say that four years ago, when Billy [O’Dea] and I stood together, and there weren’t many with us, this was one of those endorsements that we really coveted,” recalled Fulop.
” … But over the last four years we’ve worked together with the people behind us to build bridges in many ways – more opportunities for Jersey City to have opportunities to work. New project labor agreements, hiring veterans, hiring local, hiring minorities, making sure that Jersey City people are on those jobs.”
Fulop also credited Freeholder Bill O’Dea (D-2) for being a liaison between the city and the building trades.
“We have a great opportunity and we continue to work together: local veterans, local women, local minorities into a variety of the apprenticeships with the construction unions who have done a great job of getting the development started,” stated O’Dea.
“Not only on the waterfront, but Journal Square, West Side, throughout the City of Jersey City and a lot of that is being done [via] union labor, which is great.”
When Hudson County View asked Kelleher if Bill Matsikoudis, Fulop’s opponent on November 7th, had been considered for the endorsement, he said the challenger had never reached out to them.
Council President Rolando Lavarro, Ward F Councilman Jermaine Robinson, Ward B Council candidate Mira Prinz-Arey and Ward C Council candidate John Hanussak were also in attendance to accept the union support.
The Hudson County Building Trades will be in Hoboken this afternoon to endorse 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco for mayor, in what is shaping up to be a highly competitive race with six candidates on the ballot.