FREEDOM — State Senate candidate Austin Morgan has been unanimously endorsed by the Southwestern New York Building and Construction Trades Council, a group representing 15 different local unions in WNY.

Morgan, a Democrat, is running against Republican George Borrello to fill the seat vacated by Cathy Young's retirement in the 57th District covering southern Livingston County, as well as Allegany, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.

In a letter to the Austin Morgan for State Senate campaign, Council President Steven J. Thorpe of the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #112 in Jamestown wrote:

“On behalf of the Delegates of the Southwestern New York Building and Construction Trades Council, I am happy to announce that we have unanimously decided to endorse you in your bid for election as our Senator for the 57th District of New York.

"Thank you for all of your efforts, hard work, and dedication to all of the working men and women who make the 57th District their home. We are committed to building a brighter future and with your leadership on the issues most important to our members, we know our voices will be heard and we are united in this effort.”

Morgan stated: “It is an honor to receive this endorsement from the Building and Construction Trades Council, but it is an even greater honor to stand with the many thousands of hard-working men and women who represent organized labor in our region. Cathy Young fought and stood with the labor community, and now those same workers are saying loudly and proudly that Austin Morgan is the one to carry on her legacy as a champion of the working class. I believe that Albany ought to look and work more like the taxpayers of this district. With this endorsement, we are one step further to proving that Albany does not need any more wealthy executives, we need people who understand hard work, the value of a dollar, and the needs of the working class.”

The Southwestern New York Building and Construction Trades Council consists of delegates from the following unions: Heat and Frost Insulators, Boiler Makers, Bricklayers, Elevator Constructors, Electricians, Laborers, Operating Engineers, Painters District Council, Plumbing and Steamfitters, Roofers, Iron Workers, Cement Masons, Plasterers, and Sheet Metal Workers.