Ari Paul

Ari Paul is a reporter for The Chief-Leader, a newspaper
covering labor and New York City and State government.

Recent Articles

Running Without Labor

In his race for governor in New York, Andrew Cuomo has turned his back on labor. And that could hand the state to the GOP.

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
If you believe the polls, New York's Democratic attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, the son of three-term Gov. Mario Cuomo, is a shoo-in as the state's next governor. Cuomo benefits from a past seemingly taint-free compared to those of New York's previous two governors, Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson, as well as his popular agenda as the state's attorney general and a lackluster Republican challenger in Rick Lazio, a former U.S. congressman. But even from the salad days of his campaign, Cuomo has been alienating organized labor, a major part of the state Democratic Party's base. In June he broke with tradition among progressives by not seeking the endorsement of the union-backed Working Families Party (WFP). And his tough approach to public-employee pensions was cribbed from right-wing talking points. Using his platform as attorney general, he criticized pension-padding -- a legal method whereby workers pile on overtime in their final years of employment to increase their annual...