State Senate Candidates Vying For The Democratic Nomination In Ny's 34th District Could Appear Head-to-head For The First Time This Sunday

Invitations to speak during a candidate town hall in the Bronx have been extended to challenger Alessandra Biaggi and incumbent Jeff Klein, leader of the Independent Democrat Conference. Biaggi accepted the invitation and has confirmed that she will appear. As of today Klein has not confirmed. 

“I’m looking forward to this first town hall of the campaign and hope it will be the first of many forums and debates,” Biaggi said. “Democratic voters across the district deserve every chance to hear us discuss the issues and decide for themselves who will be the strongest and most reliable voice for progressive change in Albany.” Biaggi has pledged to always serve in the Democratic conference.

Senator Klein, for the past seven years, has led the so-called Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) which has enabled Republican control of the State Senate and blocked key elements of the progressive agenda—from the Reproductive Health Act to GENDA to tenants’ rights to campaign finance reform.

The town hall will be held Sunday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Fieldston Ethical Culture Society, 4450 Fieldston Road. BronxNet talk show host Gary Axelbank will serve as moderator. Free parking will be available across the street at the Fieldston Ethical Culture School.

The town hall is co-sponsored by NorthWest Bronx Indivisible and the nonpartisan New York City chapter of the League of Women Voters.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees will be afforded opportunities to question the candidates.

The sponsors caution that space is limited, and those interested in attending are advised to RSVP

Biaggi and Klein will square off in the Democratic primary on Thursday, September 13th. Biaggi has been rated A+ by Choice Matters, and endorsed by more than five dozen voters’ groups including Concerned Citizens for Change, Daily Kos, Downtown Women for Change, Empire State Indivisible, Empire State Progressives, Hearts Across Queens, Huddle in the Bronx, Indivisible We Stand, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Local Democrats of NY, Morningside Heights Resistance, North Brooklyn Progressive Democrats, NY Indivisible, Indivisible Rivertowns, Indivisible Harlem, Inwood Indivisible, Northern Westchester Indivisible, Indivisible Brooklyn, Rise Uptown Indivisible, Indivisible Do or Die Brooklyn, NYPAN (New York Progressive Action Network), Persist 81, Progressive Women of Pelham, Project Sunrise, Rally + Rise, Rise & Resist, Rockland United, Run for Something, Take Back 20, The Arena, The Creative Resistance, True Blue NY + True Blue NY Grassroots Coalition, True Blue NY 53, United Thru Action, Up2Us, #VOTEPROCHOICE, WCLA PAC, WUFPAC (Women Under Forty PAC). 

She has also secured the nomination of the Working Families Party, assuring that her name will appear on the ballot for the general election in November.

Biaggi was Deputy National Operations Director of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. She is an attorney and served Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration in the counsel’s office, focused on health and women’s issues
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Mel Choyce