State Senate Candidate Alessandra Biaggi Lambastes the Republican-Controlled Chamber as ‘Beyond Dysfunctional’
Calling the Republican-led New York State Senate “beyond dysfunctional,” Democratic Senate candidate Alessandra Biaggi today said the lawmakers deserve a failing grade after another ineffective legislative year.
“Whether it was a common-sense need -- like speed cameras -- or something requiring a little backbone – like ethics reform – the Senate was missing in action,” Biaggi said. “And critical progressive measures like the Reproductive Health Act and the DREAM Act that my opponent has promised for years to enact have once again failed to move forward.
“Comically, though, they did fix a 54-year-old spelling error in the name of a bridge.”
The Legislature’s 2018 session ended when the Senate adjourned shortly before two this morning, three hours after the gavel fell in the Assembly. Lawmakers are not scheduled to reconvene until January, after a new Legislature is elected in November.
Biaggi will face State Senate Deputy Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein in the District 34 Democratic primary on September 13. For the past seven years, Klein led a rogue group of Democratic senators called the Independent Democratic Conference that caucused with the Republican Conference and effectively handed control of the State Senate to the GOP. Democrats and grassroots activists blame the IDC for blocking more than two dozen progressive legislative proposals.
Biaggi also criticized the State Senate for failing to pass: an end to cash bail; early voting; the New York Health Act; the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Acts; and the Child Victims Act.
Biaggi, 32, brings extensive experience in the state capital to her bid for a Senate seat. An honors graduate of Fordham Law School, she served the Cuomo Administration in the Counsel’s office, focusing on women’s health issues; advocated for affordable housing with New York Homes and Community Renewal; and helped lead the rebuilding of homes and businesses after Hurricane Sandy in the governor’s Office of Storm Recovery.
This is her first bid for elective office.