The New Jersey Laborers Union endorsed for re-election Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith, citing his strong record of stabilizing finances, strengthening government services, and supporting middle class and working families.
“In the six years that Mark Smith has been in office, Bayonne has seen a transformative change from a struggling city to one that is strong and promises to get stronger under his leadership” said LIUNA Vice President and Eastern Regional Manager Raymond M. Pocino “As a person who was born, raised, and now is raising a family in Bayonne, Mark Smith understands that good government can help create good jobs, ease the burden on small businesses and families, and open up opportunities for growth and improvement.”
In making its endorsement, the Laborers Union’s Pocino mentioned the large amount of building trades members that live in Bayonne. “ Mayor Mark Smith has made it a policy to make sure that union building trades have a seat at the table when developers are looking for incentives to support their projects. As a result, three large projects completed or under construction in Bayonne were built with all union labor--The Crossings Shopping Center, Tagliareni Plaza Apartments and the Maidenform Building Conversion.”
Pocino continued, “As the son of a police officer and nurse, Mark Smith understands that strong and stable communities start with strong and stable families. He is not afraid to bring business and labor together to find areas of common interests and mutual benefit. It is that ability to think big without ever forgetting the little guy that makes Mark Smith such an outstanding mayor.”
The 20,000-member New Jersey Laborers Union is the statewide affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) and represents workers in various industries, including construction, clean energy, environmental remediation, sanitation and recycling, security, and education. The New Jersey Laborers are widely viewed as having been instrumental in helping to lift living standards and workplace safety for employees and for developing innovative cooperative relationships with employers.
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