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

State AFL-CIO lauds Sires leadership on COVID-19 stimulus funding

Wowkanech: ‘courageous leadership is a Sires hallmark’

By David Wildstein, June 24 2020 8:30 pm

One of the state’s most influential labor leaders has praised Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) for his leadership in passing legislation to stimulate the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

“When Sires voted to pass the much-needed HEROES Act, the heroes on the front lines in New Jersey were on his mind. So were families struggling because of the coronavirus economic crisis,” said New Jersey AFL-CIO president Charles Wowkanech.  “The HEROES Act addresses the challenges so many New Jersey working families are struggling with supporting programs for workers, the unemployed, renters , small businesses, health care systems and more.”

Wowkanech also saluted the eight-term congressman for co-sponsoring the Justice in Policing Act to curb racial bias in policing.

“This kind of courageous leadership is a Sires hallmark,” Wowkanech said.

Sires, a former Assembly Speaker and West New York mayor, faces a primary challenge on July 7 from Hector Oseguera and Will Sheehan.

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