With Hartford, Connecticut, Engine Company 14 and Ladder Company 4 in the background, Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association (UPFFA) of Connecticut President Pete Carozza announced at a press conference that the UPFFA Executive Board and its members unanimously endorsed Governor Dan Malloy for re-election.
Carozza was joined by UPFFA Secretary Lou DeMici and several Connecticut members.
“The Governor understands the importance of public safety, and he realizes the role that first responders play in making Connecticut and its individual towns and cities safer and more livable,” says UPFFA President Pete Carozza. “We are committed to the re-election of Governor Malloy.”
During his time as governor, Malloy has consistently supported fire fighter issues and worked hard to keep fire fighters on the job. He has also been a friend to the labor movement as a whole, encouraging workers to organize and collectively bargain.
Malloy says supporting fire fighters and public safety is what is best for the state, even when there are limited funds. “I’m proud to have protected state funding that our cities and towns needed to keep fire fighters and first responders on the job,” said Malloy. “Unlike other states, we didn’t shift state budget burdens to the local level and that’s ensured that fire fighters across the state continue to keep residents safe.”
In the November election, Malloy is challenged by Republican nominee and former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Thomas Foley.