Democratic Party candidate for Congress endorsed by teachers’ union

Staff Reports Posted 15 August 2016 at 8:05 pm
Diana Kastenbaum

Photo courtesy of Jason Dragon – Diana Kastenbaum speaks during the Orleans County Democratic Party picnic last month at Bullard Park in Albion.

Diana Kastenbaum, the Democratic candidate for the 27th Congressional District, has been endorsed by the New York State United Teachers union in her campaign to oust incumbent Chris Collins.

The NYSUT announced endorsements in races for Congress and the State Legislature last week. The union backs candidates who have championed public education, health care and workers’ rights.

“Candidates earning NYSUT’s endorsement this year have shown a willingness to listen to our members in public schools, colleges and hospitals,” said NYSUT President Karen E. Magee. “They value their relationships with our more than 600,000 politically active and energized members and champion their interests.”

Kastenbaum of Batavia is the CEO of Pinnacle Manufacturing Company Inc. in Batavia. Her family has owned and operated Pinnacle, a zinc and aluminum dye casting manufacturing company, since 1972.

Kastenbaum also has the backing of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local One.

“I am honored to be endorsed by NYSUT (New York State United Teachers), as they do tremendous work to help improve our public education system throughout our state,” Kastenbaum said. “Good teachers instill a love of learning that doesn’t end in the classroom, but carry us throughout our entire life. I am proud to say that I am a product of New York State’s public school system and my teachers helped shape and guide my life.”

New York’s 27th Congressional District includes all of Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, and Livingston counties and parts of Erie, Monroe, Ontario, and Niagara counties.

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