My name is Alessandra. I am running for New York State Senate in District 34, where I was born and raised.
I am running because I believe that New York should be a leader in progressive governance and in modern economic development.
This is a race that impacts all New Yorkers.
There are over five times as many Democrats as Republicans in District 34 and yet my opponent leads the Independent Democratic Conference ("IDC"), a group of 8 New York state senators who are elected as Democrats, but who caucus and vote with Republicans.
Enacting Democratic legislation at the State level has never been more important. Progress is being blocked by the IDC’s power-sharing agreement with Senate Republicans.
As State Senator, my priorities will be expanding voting rights, fully funding public education, access to childcare, healthcare, and eldercare, fighting domestic violence and gun violence, reforming campaign finance, reproductive justice, and making sure that every person in the district has a good, well-paying job. I'll also fight for functioning transit, affordable housing, criminal justice reform, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, environmental sustainability, and protections against sexual abuse, assault, and harassment so that every human being has a safe working environment, regardless of what they do for a living.
Did you know that only 22% of New York state senators are women?
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I look forward to getting to know all of you and learning about the issues that matter to you the most.
Invest in a Democratic New York State Senate. Now more than ever, we need real Democrats in office.
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Before launching my campaign in January, I served in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration in his Counsel’s Office. My portfolio focused on the NYS Council for Women & Girls and New York State’s women’s policy agenda. I was also a member of the Governor’s Executive clemency team, led bill negotiations across the executive and legislative branches, and worked on health and human service initiatives across multi-state agencies.
During the 2016 presidential election, I was the Deputy National Operations Director for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Following Hillary’s loss to Trump, I focused on igniting women and millennials to get off the sidelines and into political office, a process which inspired me to design the rituals of mindful democracy, and to create the Take Action Guide for Activism.
My run for office is preceded by a decade of advocacy, national leadership, and service to the people of New York, interning for Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY), the Kings County D.A.’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and working as Assistant General Counsel for Governor Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery.
I'm was a 2015 New Leaders Council (NLC) fellow and sit on NLC’s Advisory Board. I'm a member of The New Agenda's Young Women Leadership Council, and have served on the host committee for The Arena. I've presented on topics including women in politics, leadership, political strategy, and community organizing for New York University's Women's Initiative, Columbia University, Ladies Get Paid, Rally + Rise, Impact Hub, Solidarity Sundays, Changemaker Chats, the All In Together Campaign, with Diane Von Furstenberg, and NYU with the Lieutenant Governor of New York, Kathleen C. Hochul.
I was born in Mount Vernon, New York. I'm a graduate of Pelham Memorial High School, New York University, and Fordham Law School, where I was a member of the Fordham Law Review. In 2014, I attended the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University.
My opponent, who has been in office for fourteen years, is the leader of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a group of eight Democratic state senators who run as Democrats, but caucus with Republicans once elected.
It's time for a real Democrat.