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City's Largest Municipal Employees Union Backs Re-Election of Two Indicted State Senators

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The city's largest municipal employees union is backing the re-election of two indicted Democratic state senators.

District Council 37 is backing both Malcolm Smith and John Sampson in next month's primary election.

Sampson is facing two criminal indictments.

Smith was indicted last year. His case ended in a mistrial this summer and the senator faces a new trial in January.

Smith is shrugging off the charges against him as he runs for re-election, a position he made clear when NY1 spoke with him Thursday.

"I'm thrilled because that union represents the everyday working person in New York City, and that's the only people I try to represent. So that tells me that the real common person knows that Malcolm Smith is someone who cares about them," Smith said.

In a statement, Lillian Roberts, the union's executive director said, in part, "We firmly believe that these candidates are committed to representing the interests of hard-working public employees who help make this city run."

Both Smith and Sampson face primary opponents next month.

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