State Senate candidate Alessandra Biaggi has won a new wave of endorsements, including a virtually unprecedented nod from a major activist group.
Biaggi is being endorsed by NYCD16-Indivisible, a grassroots citizen organization with more than 1,000 members that supports progressive candidates nationwide. Its steering committee voted unanimously to support Biaggi’s bid for the Democratic nomination in New York State Senate District 34.
“Having the support of NYCD16-Indivisible means so much to me,” Biaggi said. “They rarely endorse candidates, and they hold public officials to high standards. I look forward to working with NYCD16-Indivisible to move our state forward for all New Yorkers.”
Biaggi also has won new endorsements from Citizen Action of New York, the Italian-American Political Action Committee, and the gun reform group Moms Demand Action. Her campaign has now been endorsed by more than 80 prominent political leaders and activist groups.
Democrats in District 34 will go to the polls in the primary election on to choose their party’s State Senate nominee. Biaggi will oppose incumbent Jeff Klein, the leader of a rogue group of Democratic senators called the Independent Democratic Conference.
The IDC caucused for seven years with the Republican Conference, effectively handing control of the State Senate to the GOP. Many Democrats blame the IDC for blocking more than two dozen progressive legislative proposals.
The IDC announced in April that it would dissolve. Its campaign fundraising arrangement was ruled illegal last week by a state Supreme Court justice. Klein is under investigation by the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics. In January, a former Klein staff member accused him of forcibly kissing her outside an Albany bar in 2015.
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.
Biaggi is a staunch advocate of full funding for public schools, universal health care, expanded voting opportunities, women’s rights, and campaign finance reform. She has pledged never to caucus with the Republican Party.
District 34 includes much of the Bronx along with the entire Town of Pelham and a portion of the city of Mount Vernon in Westchester County. This is Biaggi’s first bid for public office.
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While there is a photo of candidate Biaggi talking with uniformed NYFD members, and mention of endorsements, we do not see any UFA endorsement mentioned.