New Hartford – Today Claudia Tenney’s campaign released the following statement responding to Anthony Brindisi’s lies and false attacks related to Charter:
“As usual, Anthony Brindisi isn’t being honest. Democrats rule Albany with an iron fist, and it was on Brindisi and Cuomo’s watch that the Charter merger was approved for upstate New York. Brindisi is just trying to distract voters from the $14,000 he took from Nancy Pelosi, and his deep ties to the corruption of Governor Cuomo and disgraced Speaker Silver,” said Tenney campaign manager Raychel Renna.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which has given Brindisi $10,000, supported the Charter merger and got big raises for its members. Now that the IBEW is engaged in a bitter contract battle with Charter, suddenly Brindisi’s tuned has changed. Like everything else in the Albany swamp, there is always more to the story. Brindisi’s focus on Charter is all about benefiting his political cronies, not about improving service or pricing for upstate New York.
Claudia Tenney believes Charter needs to meet its commitment to providing affordable, quality services and more competition will lower costs and improve service.
Union intimidation gets help from Governor Cuomo and Anthony Brindisi.
“Mess with a politically connected union, and you’ll be driven out of New York. That’s the message the Cuomo Administration sent to businesses last Friday as the Public Service Commission revoked its approval of Charter Communications ’ merger agreement with Time Warner Cable. The official narrative is that the telecom company is failing to live up to its merger obligations, but in reality this is political retribution. The story began after the 2016 merger, as Charter negotiated a new collective-bargaining agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3, which represents about 1,700 cable technicians. Charter, which does business in New York under the trade name Spectrum, offered union workers an average raise of 22%, effective immediately. The company also wanted to replace its defined-benefit pension with the same 401(k)-style retirement benefits that its other 94,000 employees nationwide receive. Local 3 rejected the offer and went on strike on March 28, 2017, two days before its contract expired. Charter has hired non-Local 3 members to replace the strikers, who are still picketing. Charter says the union has since engaged in intimidation and vandalism.” (Editorial, Wall Street Journal, 08/03/18)