Building trades council backs De Blasio for development stance

L-R: Bill de Blasio and Gary LaBarbera
L-R: Bill de Blasio and Gary LaBarbera

A major trades council that works closely with City Hall and the construction industry is backing Public Advocate Bill de Blasio for mayor. The Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, which is affiliated with about 100,000 union members, gave its endorsement today, praising what it described as de Blasio’s commitment to responsible development, affordable housing and job creation.

“We are confident that under a de Blasio administration, our members will find an ally in City Hall who understands the importance of investing in responsible development and real career opportunities for all New Yorkers,” council President Gary LaBarbera said in a statement.

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De Blasio expressed his appreciation for the council’s support and what its affiliated groups contribute. Union members “help make up the backbone of this city’s economy,”  he said. The candidate has called for a “fundamental reset” in the relationship between the city and its developers, as The Real Deal reported. — Hiten Samtani