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Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Operating Engineers make passionate pitch for Sires re-election

Lalevee takes swipe at progressive newcomers, says ‘real working families’ back Sires

By David Wildstein, June 26 2020 10:37 am

The head of one of New Jersey’s political influential and best-funded labor unions has quadrupled down on his support of Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) for re-election in New Jersey’s 8th district.

“The working families of New Jersey have had no stronger ally than Congressman Albio Sires. Sadly, some ill-informed folks have too short a memory when it comes to our elected leaders,” said Greg Lalevee, Business Manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 825.

Lalevee said that Sires, an eight-term congressman from Hudson County, has been at the forefront of creating jobs and spurring the region’s economy – and accused some progressive groups that are supporting Hector Oseguera  against Sires in the July 7 primary weren’t around for those fights.

“When the Port of Newark could have lost the shipping tankers that now make NJ a critical economic hub for 40% of the US population, Albio sprang into action and secured the funds to raise the Bayonne Bridge, assuring our regional success for the next decade,” Lalevee said. “These new opposition organizations were nowhere to be found then.”

Lalevee praised Sires’ role on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee in advocating for the Portal Bridge project.  President Trump announced the release of $811 million for the bridge replacement this month,

“Thanks to Congressman Sires’ steadfast advocacy – ensuring all New Jerseyans will be able to commute safely and quickly when completed,” Lalevee said.  “Others sat on the sidelines.”

The union leader’s comments come one day after New Jersey Working Families announced support of Oseguera.

“It is no secret that in political primaries across the country, extreme ideologues and their supporters are trying to rewrite history,” explained Lalevee.  “However, the real working families of New Jersey know that Albio Sires has been fighting for them as a Mayor, Assemblyman, Speaker and as our Congressman — and The Operating Engineers with proudly fight alongside him to continue making New Jersey a better place for hard working men and women.”

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