From the Morning Memo:

LG Kathy Hochul has picked up another labor endorsement in her bid for re-election this fall.

District Council 9 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades gave Hochul its vote of support yesterday. The union has more than 11,000 members throughout New York, including painters, decorators and wall coverers.

“Lieutenant Governor Hochul has been a tireless advocate for working class people throughout New York,” District Council 9 Political Director Davon Lomax said. “Labor is under attack. Opponents of organized labor are looking to undermine our efforts to establish a standard for wages, safety and training on development projects throughout the country. Having allies in Government like Lieutenant Governor Hochul help us take the fight to them.”

Hochul said as a “proud daughter and granddaughter of union members it is a privilege to be endorsed.” She said government officials, now more than ever, need to protect unions from threats at the federal level in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Janus case, which determined that agency fees are illegal.

“Unions are the backbone of our state and our nation, and I pledge to stand up for the dedicated men and women who build the foundation of our society,” the LG said.

Hochul is running against Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane Williams, who has the Working Families Party nomination, along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon. (The painters union also endorsed Cuomo).

Due to the primary challenge she is facing, Hochul is not yet officially running with Cuomo, who could potentially end up with an LG running mate not of his choosing if Williams pulls off an upset in September.

That happened to Cuomo’s father, the late former Gov. Mario Cuomo, whose LG pick, H. Carl McCall, was defeated by the late Al DelBello in the 1982 Democratic primary.

Mario Cuomo defeated then-NYC Mayor Ed Koch in that primary, and went on to win the general election, along with DelBello. But DelBello only served as LG through February 1985, when he resigned the post, saying he was bored and hadn’t been given anything to do by the governor.

With the bulk of the primary vote coming out of New York City, and the division in the Democratic Party – clearly displayed in the upset victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over veteran Queens Rep. Joe Crowley in last week’s primary – it’s impossible to rule out a long-shot victory by Williams, though the likelihood of that is considered low.

In 2014, Hochul defeated her primary challenger Columbia Law School Prof. Tim Wu, who was the unofficial running mate of Cuomo’s primary challenger, Fordham Law Prof. Zephyr Teachout.

She received slightly less of the vote than the governor – about 60 percent to Cuomo’s 62 percent – while Wu received 40 percent of the vote to Teachout’s 34 percent, which wasn’t enough to win, but still a better-than-expected performance by an under-funded and unknown insurgent.

Teachout went on to unsuccessfully challenge Republican John Faso in the 2016 NY-19 race after incumbent Republican Rep. Chris Gibson opted not to seek re-election. She’s now one of four Democrats vying to replace disgraced ex-AG Eric Schneiderman.