A major state teachers’ union is declining to comment on a published report that it is prepared to spend as much as $500,000 to assist state Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) in what is anticipated to be a tough re-election campaign against Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park).
A story published in the Daily News on Monday quoted a source as saying that New York State United Teachers is planning to support Addabbo and other Democrats in hopes of retaking the Senate in November’s elections.
Republicans currently enjoy a 33-29 advantage. The NYSUT was furious with Senate Republicans who this past year worked with Gov. Cuomo for pension reform and caps on annual local property tax increases, which fund school districts.
Campaign finance regulations allow unions and other groups to spend unlimited amounts provided they do not do it in coordination with a political campaign.
Ulrich is said to be heavily funded by state Senate Republicans.
Carl Korn, a spokesman for NYSUT, said the group would neither confirm nor deny the accuracy of the initial report.