Updated Jan. 2022: Election results added near end of post
‘When labor votes, the state wins’ – Gov. Hochul, 10/30/2022, Mineola, N.Y.
The New York governor’s race has become unexpectedly close.
Two days after early voting started in New York, and nine days before Election Day 2022, Democratic candidates and supporters – largely from labor unions – gathered for a Nassau County Rally with Governor Hochul.
The Sunday, October 30th event was held outdoors during a sunny autumn afternoon at the Local 338, RSDSU UFCW workers union site in Mineola, Long Island.
After many candidates, labor union leaders, and democratic leaders on stage spoke, it was time for Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado to speak and then introduce Gov. Kathy Hochul.
• VIDEO: Lt. Gov. Delgado speaks and then introduces Gov. Hochul:
During Lt. Gov. Delgado’s impassioned speech about WHY it’s so important to vote, and to vote for democratic candidates, particularly for Gov Hochul, the enthusiastic audience frequently punctuated his points by clapping and calling out “That’s right… “Say it again!”… “Preach!”….
The following transcript of Lt. Gov. Delgado’s speech is from the above video that starts shortly after he begins speaking at the podium.
Transcript of Lt. Gov. Antonio’s Speech (from video above):
[…Referring to some Republican candidates] “….only in it for the game. It’s all a joke. And they play with people’s lives. Like it’s a game. And it’s not.
“We have to step up as people and demand more. We just have to. We have to set the bar. Integrity, decency, honesty. Are you principled? Do you care? Do you know how to love people? These things have to matter. To our democracy to matter. Education has to matter. And labor has to matter.
“Any political leader worth their salt that can’t get behind collective bargaining and organized labor needs to not be in public service. The story of upward mobility, the story, the American Dream. This whole idea is based on working folk coming together and fighting for more. To raise their families up across generations. And you want to call yourself a leader, destroy that? Come on now. Seriously. We know we can do better. And guess what folks, we can and we will.
“I got to know Governor Hochul very well. We talk about the stakes. A lot. We don’t, we don’t spend time foolin’ around and being political about… oh about this, how.. What are we going to do? What are the solutions? How’re we going to govern, to the people? Those were our conversations.
“She cares. She’s a worker. From the ground up, not top down. Not imposing her will, but engaging with the will of the people. And she leads from the heart, from the heart. Honest. Upfront. Accessible. Accountable. The kind of things you want in a leader. Not gonna lie to your face. Or fear monger. Or peddling hate. You have that chance right now.
“So whatever people are saying out there. All the head scratching, all the twitt-r feeds, and all the chaos and the noise. Forget about it. Put it to the side. The only thing we should be doing right now is action, not thinking. Act. Show up. And vote and support an absolutely amazing governor who is dedicated to the people. Who will fight for the people. Who comes from the people. Our governor – Kathy Hochul.”
Sunday, New Year’s Eve, I turned off the TV and headed to bed soon after watching the ball drop in Times Square. But this unusually low-key start to 2018 was necessary, for by lunchtime the next day, I’d covered the Inaugurations of three Democrats – LAURA CURRAN, LAURA GILLEN, and SYLVIA CABANA – replacing three GOP office holders here in Nassau County.
SLIDESHOW (music – click lower left of screen to adjust/mute volume) 1/1/2018 Town of Hempstead Inaugurations:
Though it was New Year’s Day morning, close to a packed house at Hofstra University’s Adams Playhouse watched New York Lt. Governor KATHY HOCHUL and Congresswoman KATHLEEN RICE swear-in Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen and Hon. MICHAELLE SOLAGES swear-in Hempstead Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana.
About an hour after that, and even though it was a bone-chilling 14 ℉ / -10 ℃, a thick arc of bundled-up onlookers stood thisclose together in front of the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative & Executive Building to witness Gov. ANDREW CUOMO administer the Oath of Office to Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.
It was a doubly historic day for Long Island. Before Laura Gillen took office, Town of Hempstead hadn’t had a Democratic Supervisor in over a century; plus, Laura Curran is the very first female Nassau County Executive.
Feature Photo at top: Hempstead, New York, USA. January 1, 2018. L-R, Hempstead Town Supervisor-Elect LAURA GILLEN, New York State Lt. Governor KATHY HOCHUL, and Hempstead Town Clerk-Elect SYLVIA CABANA pose for photo shortly before Lt. Gov. and Rep. Kathleen Rice swear-in Gillen, at Hofstra University.