Bayonne Assemblyman William Sampson is asking the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor to reconsider their decision last week that denied his request to be retained on the longshoremen’s register.
Sampson noted that prior to running for the Assembly seat in the 31st Legislative District last year, he asked and received the approval of Global Container Terminal, where he worked as a crane operator, and the International Longshoremen’s Association – the union he’s a member of.
“I consistently enjoyed the support of both Global Container Terminals and the ILA. At no point did either Global or the ILA request that I reduce my obligations to the State Legislature or to the community,” Sampson explained in a statement this afternoon.
“I am disappointed that the Waterfront Commission took this action. Respectfully, we have asked the Waterfront Commission to revisit this issue, which to my understanding, it is now so doing. I have respect for the rule of law, for the responsibilities of the Waterfront Commission, and for my employers. I take my responsibilities seriously.”
On December 21st, the commission unanimously voted to deny Sampson’s request to remain in the longshoremen’s register, citing excessive absences.
“Sampson had been employed as a port worker at GCT Bayonne. He claimed that his attendance at particular meetings or events in his capacity as a New Jersey State Assemblyman was ‘good cause’ for his absences,” the commission said at the time.
They ruled against his argument, claiming that he never provided reasons for not working in February or on Saturdays, nor did he adequately explain why his attendance at certain political functions was mandatory.
Sampson said on Tuesday that he planned to appeal the decision and he concluded by asking the commission for further consideration.
“I respectfully request the Waterfront Commission to reconsider its decision. Thank you.”
HCV reached out to the WCNYH through their website for comment this afternoon.