Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado's campaign for a full term on Friday was endorsed by the New York State AFL-CIO as early voting is set to begin on Saturday.
The enorsement from the umbrella labor organization came hours after one of his rivals, activist Ana Maria Archila, was cross endorsed by two Democratic House candidates.
Delgado was thrust into the race for lieutenant governor last month after he was sworn in to replace former Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin, who was charged with fraud and bribery. Since then, Delgado has racked up support from labor unions as he campaigns statewide.
"It means the world to me to have the support of the New York State AFL-CIO. I know the sacrifices that union members and the organizations they are a part of make every day, and I recognize the value of the work union members bring to all New Yorkers," Delgado said. "I look forward to continuing to be a partner with the New York State AFL-CIO in supporting safety and health protections, worker rights and equity for all working families."
Archila, meanwhile, was endorsed by Democratic congressional hopefuls Melanie D’Arrigo and Brittany Ramos DeBarros.
"I’m thrilled to endorse, and be endorsed by, Brittany Ramos DeBarros, who is running a bold, unapologetic campaign to tackle the affordability crisis with real solutions for everyday New Yorkers, invest in care and real community safety, and tackle climate change," Archila said. "I’m excited to partner as we both build real power with our communities.”
Archila is the preferred lieutenant governor candidate of New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. Both Archila and Delgado are facing former Councilwoman Diana Reyna, Rep. Tom Suozzi's running mate, in the Democratic primary.