CWA Endorses Amber Small for State Senate in 60th District



BUFFALO, NY – The Communications Workers of America have endorsed Amber Small for State Senate in the 60th District. The Western New York Council of the CWA and CWA District 1 recently announced their endorsements of Small.

This is a significant labor endorsement in one of New York’s most hotly contested senate districts. WNY CWA Council Legislative Committee Chairman, Tom Roulley commented, "We had a clear choice in endorsing Amber Small for the 60th District of the New York State Senate. The political elite and wealthy have controlled Albany for too long and it’s time to change that. CWA is proud to support the only candidate in this race who will make working families in our community a priority."

Debbie Hayes, Upstate Director of CWA District 1, said, “We need progressive people in Albany who are committed to fighting corruption, creating jobs and getting big money out of politics. This year’s election gives us a unique opportunity to do just that, and Amber Small is the breath of fresh air we need to lead the fight here in Western New York.”

Amber commented on the endorsement, “CWA has been fighting for the rights of workers in Western New York and across the country for decades, and I am thrilled to have their support. The values that I learned growing up in a union household- hard work, honesty, and integrity- have guided me throughout my career. I take pride in being able to fight for our brothers and sisters in organized labor to ensure that the working families of Western New York are guaranteed the treatment they deserve.”

Small continued, “This race will be a choice between a community advocate who stands up for middle class workers and equality for all people, or an out of touch 1%er who represents big business and the erosion of the working class.”

WNY CWA’s over 10,000 members represent a cross-section of workers, in industries spanning telecommunications, airlines, media and broadcast journalism, health care, public service, and manufacturing.

The top issues motivating the endorsement of Amber Small – safe staffing, protecting workers rights, and the growth of jobs in New York– reflect the priorities cited by members and all working families in New York ahead of the 2016 election.

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Small serves as the Executive Director of the Parkside Community Association. In this role she is an advocate for 2,500 residents, working to enhance their quality of life through crime prevention, traffic calming, fair housing advocacy and more.  Amber also serves on the Board of Directors for B-Team Buffalo, and is a member of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Business Leaders council.  She proudly serves as Vice Chair of WEPAC, a nonpartisan group focused on increasing female involvement in politics and government. Amber is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, and resides in North Buffalo’s Parkside neighborhood with her family. New York's Sixtieth Senate District is located wholly in Erie County and includes the communities of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda, Kenmore, Grand Island, Hamburg, Orchard Park, Evans, Brant, and the City of Buffalo.  Small is endorsed by the Democratic Party, the Working Families Party and the Women’s Equality Party.