Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Cilento to Help Lead New York State’s Fight Against Climate Change

New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento

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New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento (TNG-CWA) was appointed by Gov. Kathy Hochul to join the state’s Climate Action Council. In this new position, he will provide strong leadership for working people as the Empire State implements its ambitious renewable energy targets.

“I look forward to being part of a team committed to addressing climate change in a way that will result in the creation of good, family-sustaining jobs utilizing a highly skilled workforce,” Cilento said on Tuesday. “We have already set a high bar by securing historic labor standards that include prevailing rate, labor peace, Buy American, and Buy New York when renewable energy credits are awarded on large scale projects. As a member of the council, I will ensure that the voices of all working people are fairly represented.”