Denis Hughes, the powerful president of the New York AFL-CIO that serves as the state’s umbrella group for 2.5 million union members, has told multiple associates he is not planning to run for re-election, according to three sources with knowledge of Hughes’ plans. Sources said he would likely step aside by the end of the year. —
Hughes, whose well-liked 12-year tenure will be honored at a labor gala on in Staten Island on Thursday, did not respond to requests for comment made through his chief of staff.
Ed Ott, the former executive director of the Central Labor Council, said Hughes would be missed.
“Denis Hughes is the most highly regarded union leader in the state,” said Ott. “He’s a unifier and a go-to person on a lot of stuff. He runs a world-class union and has played a leading role in passing a lot of good legislation.”
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