Aaron G. Woolf, Democratic candidate for New York’s 21st Congressional District, has been endorsed by the New York chapter of the AFL-CIO. He is visiting Watertown, Cape Vincent and Sackets Harbor Wednesday.
Mr. Woolf is a documentary filmmaker with a home in Elizabethtown. He is also co-owner of an organic grocery store and food outlet in Brooklyn. His opponents in the race are Republican Elise M. Stefanik, a former White House aide who lives in Willsboro, and Green Party candidate Matthew J. Funiciello, a bakery and cafe owner from Glens Falls.
In a news release accompanying the announcement, Mr. Woolf said he would fight for the workers of the north country, an effort he said would encourage continued economic development.
“The strength of our workforce has always been the backbone of upstate New York and the North Country,” Mr. Woolf said. “That is why in Congress I will fight to protect the rights of our workers and their ability to compete. This would ensure that our economy continues to grow. And this would ensure the well-being of New York’s families. I thank the AFL-CIO for its endorsement. Together, we will work to create jobs and promote economic opportunity for the district.”
Mario Cilento, the president of the chapter, pledged his support and the support of the union to Mr. Woolf. The New York Chapter of the AFL-CIO represents some 2.5 million members, retirees and families, according to its website.
“Just like the hardworking people of the 21st Congressional District, Aaron Woolf is relentless and determined,” Mr. Cilento said. “He will fight tooth and nail in Washington DC for good jobs and economic opportunity. Our members will work from now until election day — knocking on doors, making phone calls, and speaking to their fellow union members, to ensure that Aaron will be their voice in Congress.”
The union, which endorsed Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in the 2010 election, is withholding its endorsement in the Democratic primary for governor, which pits Mr. Cuomo against Fordham Law Professor Zephyr Teachout.