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Duff Picks up Police, Fire Endorsements

State Sen. Bob Duff who is seeking re-election formally accepted the endorsements of the Norwalk Police Union Local 1727 and Norwalk Firefighters Union Local 830 on Thursday morning in a news conference in front of City Hall.

Flanked by Lefty Petridis, president of the firefighters union, and Tom Roncinske, president of the police union, Duff said he was honored and humbled.

"I think we have a very good working relationship," Duff said. "We are all standing shoulder to shoulder here for the betterment of our community. I can think of really no better endorsements to have in the city than to have the police and fire departments."

Petridis said, "Bob's been a good friend of Local 830 for years, and we're just doing a small part here in his re-election campaign." Petridis added in a statement that the membership fully supports the endorsement.

"Bob's been a great supporter of local 1727," Roncinske said. "He's shown an active interest in their officers, and he's a staunch supporter of law enforcement. "

He has also received the endorsement of the statewide Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut and the statewide Connecticut Council of Police, AFSCME Council 15. Duff, a Democrat, is seeking re-election in the 25th Senate District, which includes Norwalk and Darien. His Republican opponent is Artie Kassimis.

Duff said he has a good relationship with the fire and police departments and has learned how they do their jobs. "For citizens like myself, when we're running away from places they're usually running toward the danger or running into buildings that are on fire," Duff said. "So they have a particularly important role in our community and a particularly dangerous role. So it's something that we cannot take for granted; we need to make sure we recognize and understand and appreciate."

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