Alessandra Biaggi’s Bid For NY’s State Senate Endorsed By Three Key Activist Groups In District 34
Three activist organizations in New York’s 34th State Senate District have joined the growing chorus of citizens’ groups and political leaders who are endorsing Alessandra Biaggi.
The latest endorsement was announced today by Indivisible Westchester. Shannon Powell, co-founder of the progressive grassroots group, said: “Alessandra has the right combination of youthful energy and grounded experience that make her an outstanding choice to represent her community.”
Indivisible Westchester cited Biaggi’s experience in state government and her deep roots in District 34, while criticizing incumbent Jeff Klein for creating a rogue conference that empowered the Republican minority in Albany.
Biaggi’s bid is also being supported by both the Bronx Progressives and Northwest Bronx Indivisible. The Bronx Progressives promote social, racial, and economic justice and welfare as well as a safer environment for everyone in the borough. Members of the group are pledging to canvass for Biaggi in key neighborhoods of District 34, which includes much of the Bronx as well as part of Mount Vernon and the entire town of Pelham, both in Westchester County.
Northwest Bronx Indivisible is an all-citizens political and legislative group dedicated to resisting the Trump administration and opposing the agenda of Republicans in Congress. The group co-sponsored a town hall last month in the Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale, hoping to hear from both candidates for the 34th District seat. Biaggi appeared and spoke at length to the group, while Klein informed the sponsors just hours before the event that he would not appear.
Biaggi has now received well over five dozen endorsements for her campaign to unseat Klein. Biaggi will face Klein in the Democratic Primary Election on Thursday, Sept. 13.
Klein is the founder of the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of eight state senators who were elected as Democrats but caucused with the Republican Conference in Albany and handed control of the State Senate to the GOP. The IDC announced last month that it would dissolve. Progressive Democrats statewide blame the IDC for blocking more than two dozen bills that were passed by the Democratic-led Assembly, including a single-payer medical coverage plan, voting reforms, and reproductive health standards.
Biaggi previously served Governor Cuomo’s administration in the Counsel’s office, writing legislation focused on advances in health care and women’s rights. Biaggi also worked in the NYS Office of Storm Recovery, taking a leading role in the rebuilding of homes and businesses after Hurricane Sandy.
A Pelham resident, Biaggi graduated with honors from New York University and the Fordham University School of Law. This is her first campaign for public office.