As the renewed alignment between the Senate Republicans and seven-member Independent Democratic Conference was criticized by liberal advocacy groups like the Working Families Party and Citizen Action, the pact receive the thumbs up from a range of labor and Democratic entities.

The supportive statements included Suffolk County Democratic Committee Chairman Richie Schaffer. Long Island has played a key role over the years in the battle for control of the narrowly divided Senate.

“The Independent Democratic Conference is a voice for all Democrats whether they live in the suburbs, upstate or New York City. Their brand of governing illustrates a deep understanding of issues important to working- and middle-class families like lowering taxes, capping property taxes and generating jobs with higher wages,” Schaffer said.

“I applaud and strongly support the IDC for doing what’s right for moving our state forward, as Long Islanders and all New York State residents deserve a government that is working together to improve our quality of life.”

Labor groups, included TWU Local 100, the New York state AFL-CIO and RWDSU also released supportive statements backing the IDC and their leader, Bronx Sen. Jeff Klein.

“The IDC has been a strong ally to Transport Workers Union Local 100 and to all working families across New York,” said TWU Local president John Samuelson.

“The majority coalition announced today ensures that every New Yorker will have a voice in the State Senate. The IDC plays a vital role in Albany, ensuring that the interests of the trade union movement and all working people are protected. New York City’s transit workers look forward to working with the IDC to ensure that the interests of working New Yorkers are front and center in the upcoming legislative session.”

The flood of supports is a tactic similar to one that has been deployed over the years by Gov. Andrew Cuomo who, when faced with criticism, works to coordinate positive statements from supportive groups.

There’s no indication Cuomo is involved with these statements or that the IDC sought to encourage their release.

And the comments released Monday afternoon were reflective of a pragmatic approach from some in the labor community, like the AFL-CIO’s Mario Cilento.

In his statement, Cilento parsed a specific issue touted by the IDC.

“We thank Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein and Sen. Diane Savino for their commitment to “Buy American” and for recognizing this initiative provides a clear path to job creation,” Cilento said. “Buy American legislation has been a top priority of the Labor Movement. Not only will it stimulate manufacturing and produce good jobs, it will ensure state taxpayer dollars are used first and foremost for the benefit of New York State’s economy.”