Without Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Andrew Cuomo’s coattails to hang onto, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is banking on organized labor to get out the vote for him and help push him to victory over his Republican challenger, Harry Wilson.

Some 1,000 32BJ members hit the streets today on behalf of the Democratic ticket – including the former Long Island assemblyman – and also phone banked for the comptroller, AG hopeful Sen. Eric Schneiderman and two key Assembly candidates in the Hudson Valley: Ken Zebrowski in the 94th and Frank Skartados of the 100th.

A union spokesman told me: “In an effort to keep the Democratic majority in the state Senate and Assembly, 32BJ has expanded its program this year to include a deeper focus in the Hudson Valley, where the union has more than 4,500 members.”

The Labor Press has more on the union push for DiNapoli.

“The partnership I have had with the union movement is very important to me,” the comptroller told union members representing the building trades at the Manhattan headquarters of District Council 9 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT).

Jimmy Vielkind reported earlier today that DC37 focused its efforts on DiNapoli and backed off the governor’s race somewhat because members felt “snubbed” by Cuomo’s recent anti-labor comments – including during a NYT interview for a story that ran one week before Election Day.

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