Robert Jackson, ‘Never Out’ of Politics

Robert Jackson (Photo via Amsterdam News)

The night of the Sept. 13 primaries, Robert Jackson soundly defeated Marisol Alcantara, one of six members of the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) who lost their state senate seats. Poised to win in November, the longtime resident of Washington Heights and former City Council member tells Amsterdam News‘ Stephon Johnson he never left politics.

“I was never out,” Jackson said when asked about getting back in politics. “It was a continuous type of involvement in your community. For me, going back from a historical perspective: Parents Association…Democratic Club…Community School Board. My involvement is continuous. It’s not like I’m going anywhere.”

Jackson plans to bring his progressive platform to the state capital as the senator for District 31, which encompasses the west side of Manhattan from Chelsea up to Washington Heights.

Jackson’s goals in Albany include renewing the rent laws to be more tenant-friendly, passing the DREAM Act to ensure children of undocumented immigrants are able to receive college financial aid, preventing local law enforcement from working with U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement in rounding up undocumented immigrants, shoring up women’s reproductive rights and health care in general and creating a bill to improve the working conditions and labor practices involving farmworkers.

Go to Amsterdam News for Jackson’s remarks on the impact of the IDC on these issues and his response to Gov. Cuomo’s “rearranging the deck chairs” comment after the defeat of the IDC members.

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