Late last month, the Long Island Contractors’ Association (LICA), joined by the Operating Engineers Local 138, Laborers Local 1298, Teamsters Local 282 and the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, announced their endorsement of incumbent Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop for re-election at the Laborers Local 1298 headquarters in Hempstead.
In a press release issued by Bishop’s office, LICA Executive Director Marc Herbst announced that its PAC is breaking with their traditional policy of not offering political endorsements, “because as an industry, as a region and as a state faced with an extraordinary crisis Tim Bishop has volunteered to pick up the burden of being the region’s champion for federal funds earmarked for roads, bridges, water systems and more. It is imperative to support the one public official who has demonstrated the courage and capacity to stand up and speak out forcefully on behalf of all of us.”
The only other time LICA’s PAC has ever endorsed a political candidate was for Congressman Bishop’s last re-election bid two years ago.
Congressman Bishop is the only Long Island representative to serve on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
“We won’t be able to outspend my opponent but we will outwork them,” said Bishop of the endorsement. “I am grateful for your support because it is so terribly important.”
Bishop is facing Republican, Conservative and Independence Party candidate Randy Altschuler for the second consecutive race for the First Congressional District seat in the United States House of Representatives.
“We are in an era when government spending is viewed as `spending’ as opposed to an investment,” said Bishop. “Yet it is clear that there are certain things we need to invest in so we grow our economy and infrastructure is at the top of that list. Not only do we put people to work but infrastructure investment also helps the rest of our economy flourish.”