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Wed Aug 29, 2018, 07:42 AM

True Reformers For New York's Senate (endorsements)

The New York Times has endorsed primary challengers Alessandra Biaggi, Jessica Ramos, and Zellnor Myrie for State Senate seats currently held by members of the so-called "Independent Democratic Caucus" who voted with Republicans to kill off progressive legislation and thwart the nominal State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.


Beyond the chance to shake things up in Washington, this fall’s elections present voters with an opportunity to support reformers around the country who are out to change the political climate from the ground up. In New York’s Democratic primary on Thursday, Sept. 13, strong, new candidates, unafraid to challenge the old guard, are tapping into voters’ anger at rogue Democrats who let Republicans keep control of the State Senate.

Over seven years, eight senators elected as Democrats gave their support to Republican leadership in return for committee assignments or other perks. They called themselves the Independent Democratic Conference, or I.D.C. Their self-serving acquiescence to Republican control of the Senate ensured inaction on election and criminal justice reforms, an overhaul of rent laws and a funding stream for the New York City subways.

Many of the challengers have said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who for years did little to bring the wayward Democrats into the fold, has been an obstacle to genuine progress. Electing them, particularly if Democrats can win full control of both houses of the Legislature in November, would help focus the next governor — whoever that is — on the kind of actions New York needs.

I'm sure the New York Times will have more of these endorsements coming up in the next few days.

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