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John Liu Wins Endorsement From City Government Workers Union

District Council 37 Represents 121,000 Workers
John Liu

City Comptroller John Liu announces his bid for mayor, March 17, 2013. (Credit: Jim Smith/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York City’s biggest government-workers’ union is backing City Comptroller John Liu for mayor.

District Council 37 announced the endorsement Wednesday on the City Hall steps. The union represents 121,000 workers in city government and some state agencies.

Executive Director Lillian Roberts says members were impressed by Liu’s efforts as comptroller to curtail unnecessary spending and the hiring of private contractors for city work.

The Democrat says the endorsement means a lot to him. He says he came to appreciate the union members’ input on issues when he was a city councilman.

Liu is vying to become the first Asian-American to lead the city.

Earlier this month, two former Liu aides were convicted for their part in an illegal fundraising scheme.

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