Count the New York State Troopers PBA among the unions backing the new Senate coalition leadership of five independent Democrats and Senate Republicans.

In a statement, the PBA says the organization is “optimisitic” that a bipartisan leadership in the chamber will make the Senate stronger.

Their statement:

“The New York State Troopers PBA, which represents more than 6,000 active and retired uniformed members of the New York State Policy from the rank of Trooper through the rank of Major, is hopeful for progress in efficiency in state government. We will continue our positive working relationship with the Republicans and Democrats in all levels of government. Any time that all political parties can work together, it benefits everyone. The PBA’s main concern in working with state government is garnering support for the difficult and dangerous work performed by Troopers, as well as public safety in general. In addition, we would be remiss if we did not point out that both Sen. Jeffrey Klein and Sen. Dean Skelos have historically supported policies that benefit not only New York State Troopers, but also the public at large. The PBA remains optimistic that coalition style government will strengthen the state’s legislative body and foster a spirit of collegiality that will make New York a better place to live.”

The troopers’ PBA support comes after Norman Seabrook of the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association also blessed the IDC-GOP coalition with a statement in support.