PEF endorses Zephyr Teachout for governor, Tim Wu for Lt. Gov.

ALBANY, NY (08/14/2014)(readMedia)-- The New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) voted at an Executive Board meeting today to endorse Zephyr Teachout for governor and Tim Wu for Lt. Gov.

"PEF is a very democratic union and today is a testament of that," said PEF President Susan M. Kent. "This union has taken a bold step to endorse Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu. They are the leadership this state needs, that public workers need, and that the citizens of the state of New York deserve."

Kent also said Teachout's solid law background and the fact she co-founded "A New Way Forward," an organization to break up the power of big banks, and her involvement with the working class made her the candidate of choice.

"The Public Employees Federation endorsement is an act of courage and bravery by workers who have a lot at stake. Today, they rose above the culture of fear that is pervasive in Albany under Gov. Cuomo. The governor and his old boys club better watch out, this challenge is serious and it isn't going away," Teachout said.

PEF is New York's second-largest state-employee union. It represents approximately 56,000 professional, scientific and technical employees of New York state and other public and private employees.