Abbate lied about ‘union-made’ mailers

Bogus bug: The label on the Bensonhurst Assemblyman’s Christmas cards are too illegible and smudgy to be printed from a union shop.
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Assemblyman Peter Abbate (D–Bensonhurs­t), who sits on the legislature’s Labor Committee and who is strongly contemplating a run for Council, sent out holiday mailers that falsely suggested they were printed by union workers — then lied about it to the media, the president of the printer’s union revealed.

Back in December, Abbate told this paper that the Christmas cards that he mailed to people living in Bay Ridge’s 43rd Council District — a seat that he is rumored to be eyeing — were made by union printers, even though a label on the mailers asserting their union origin (called a “union bug”) was so poorly printed that it appeared to be a fake.

The head of the Allied Printing Trades Council said there would be an investigation.

On Jan. 9, Abbate claimed the smudged label was simply a printing error and maintained that the mailers were produced by union labor.

“It’s a non-issue. It was union. Everything was fine. Not a story anymore,” said Abbate. “The Allied Printing Trades saw it was smudged, it was a s----- bug, but they okayed it. It’s a dead issue.”

But Abbate lied, according union head John Heffernan, who said the veteran lawmaker admitted to him the bugs were bogus.

“The scribbled one on the Christmas card — I couldn’t make that out as a legit label of any kind. I spoke with Peter Abbate, and I inspected the bugs, and he used a broker that didn’t use the Allied label. So Peter apologized for that and said he would correct it immediately, and I sent him a list of printing shops,” said Heffernan.

Abbate responded to subsequent requests for comment with an e-mailed statement that “the issue has been remedied” and that “the matter is closed.”

The assemblyman sent the print order to the Ink Shop in Gravesend, and the company was supposed to forward it to a union printer, but it apparently did not, according to Heffernan, who said that it appeared that Abbate was at least trying to use union labor.

“It wasn’t him personally, but it was the broker that handled it,” he said. “It was the broker that misguided him. [Abbate] was very apologetic, and he wanted to use the NYC Allied Printing Trades Council.”

The Ink Shop did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Abbate’s mailers have featured questionable union labels in the past, according to photos shared with this paper.

Abbate has spent more than $100,000 at the Ink Shop since 2005 — the last check he cut them was $9,260 on Oct. 31 for campaign literature, according to campaign finance records.

The Observer first reported that Abbate sent out the Christmas cards to court potential Council voters.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 1:34 am, July 10, 2018
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Anthony from Dyker Heights says:
So first he said he didnt know who printed it....then he said it was some broker in North Carolina and now hes saying it was the Ink Shop from Brooklyn.

Abbate is a lying POS and should not be trusted. The guy is Mr. Labor but has been playing them for decades w this kinda stuff.

What a joke. He should just retire already.
Jan. 12, 2017, 11:42 am
Joe from Brighton Beach says:
Mr. Abbate is not telling the truth. If he wanted to use a bonifide Allied Union Printing Trades Council Union shop all he had to do was go online and type in Union Printers in Brooklyn NY and he would have had found at least 2 to 3 Union shops.
Or all he had to do was to make a call to the offices of the Allied Printing Trades Council to get a list of shops and Mr. Hefferman would have given him the names of the shops.
The Ink Shop could be open to civil liabilities in using a squashed Union bug.
Let Mr. Hefferman check out the pre-press of Mr.Abbate jobs ( negatives , plates etc. ) at the Ink Shop and that will tell the
Mr. Abbate tried to pull the wool over the eyes of the Union workers who support him. This is especially egregious in the
fact the Mr. Abbate is on the Labor Committee . He is a phony , a fraud and a fake.
The only thing he wanted to do was save money on his printing needs for his campaigns.
The next step is to see Mr. Abbate's mailing envelopes he uses for his campaign mailings. Let's see the Union bug on those.
Let's see the posters Mr. Abbate has put up for his past elections , let's see the Union bug on those posters.
I guarantee you all his previous printing materials have been shredded . I would even predict that his business cards have a phony Union bug or NO bug at all.
Mr. Abbate it's time for you to RETIRE !
Jan. 12, 2017, 12:22 pm
Joey from Dyker Heights says:
Shouldn't be hard to find his huge stockpile of signs with fraudulent bugs. 7321 15th Avenue is the Peter Abbate Library of Congress/shrine to himself.
Jan. 12, 2017, 12:40 pm
Carlo from Dyker Heights says:
This is a big problem for Abbate. He could be in severe legal trouble which could result in a special election for Assembly.
Jan. 12, 2017, 1:06 pm
Brad Wilk says:
Well this is just what we need right now. A corrupt incumbent who has fooled the world for 30 years in Albany and now he's looking to cash in on that fat council salary while fleecing the very unions he claims to support. I am so fed up with politicians and their lies. This is why people don't vote anymore
Jan. 12, 2017, 1:10 pm
Joe from Brighton Beach says:
Mr. Abbate in his egregious effort in using a Non-Union printing company has damaged those Union shops that pay a living wage for their workers , help pay the mortgages of those workers, help put the children of those Union workers through college etc.
Any Union that supports Mr. Abbate is only fooling themselves. Politicians like Mr. Abbate have damaged the Union workers causes. He would rather save money than pay workers who are having a hard time in the printing industry with saving their jobs and those owners of those Union shops.
Again , Mr. Abbate is a phony , a fake and a fraud.
Let's get real here.
Jan. 12, 2017, 3:06 pm
Bobby D from BK says:
Looks like fake news has infected the Brooklyn daily.
Jan. 12, 2017, 3:51 pm
Max Jaeger (Brooklyn Paper) from Brooklyn Daily says:
Bobby D — on what grounds? Abbate knowingly made a false statement to the press, and we reported it.
Jan. 12, 2017, 4:27 pm
Donny says:
Bobby D: Only thing FAKE about this story is Peter's FAKE union labels. KIll your idols. Didn't the Bible teach you that?
Jan. 12, 2017, 5:01 pm
Ewa from Greenpoint says:
We need to get rid of crooked politicians from both sides of the aisles and prejudiced judges like Cheryl Gonzales (Kings Civil - NYC). Then Brooklyn will be super-great.
Jan. 12, 2017, 7:59 pm
sonny from bensonhurst says:
we have unemployment, homelessness, shootings, food pantry for the hungry, and insanity in the schools and the newspapers' focus on union labels. everyone should get a life... let's deal with the REAL issues
Jan. 13, 2017, 1:46 pm
Carlo from Dyker Heights says:
Hey Sonny, this article is about an Assemblyman who is a liar. If he lies about this what else does he lie about?
Jan. 13, 2017, 2:23 pm
TOM from Sunset Park says:
"We need to get rid of corrupt politicians from both sides". Agreed. From your mouth to God's ear.

By the way there are others wanting to run for Gentile's seat and they haven't had the chance to be a "corrupt politician" yet. There's hope.
Jan. 13, 2017, 4:53 pm

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