Public sector unions have thrown their support behind two Republicans running for state senate seats.
The Civil Service Employees Association, the New York State Public Employees Federation and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have endorsed State Senator James Seward, who is facing Delaware County resident Joyce St. George in the 51st District race. Seward has held the seat since 1986.
The New York State Public Employees Federation is also backing Senator Pam Helming, who is seeking a second term representing Cayuga and five other counties.
Helming is again facing Democrat Kenan Baldridge after defeating him in 2016 in the race to succeed long-time State Senator Mike Nozzolio.
Republican Assemblyman Gary Finch has received the support of the Onondaga County Veterans Party. In a statement, party chair Linda Chew thanked Finch for his service, saying he has honored his oath to uphold the Constitution and has respected and honored veterans. Finch is running against Cayuga County legislator Keith Batman in the 126th assembly district race. The party does not have a ballot line. It recently endorsed Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci in the 50th state Senate District race against Democrat John Mannion.