AmNews Endorses IDC Opponents

Zellnor Y. Myrie, running for the 20th district NYS Senate seat in Brooklyn, was endorsed by the New York Amsterdam News. (Photo from

In its second round of endorsements of candidates in the forthcoming primary race, the  New York Amsterdam News looks to the state legislature, endorsing a number of candidates who are running against Democratic members of the Independent Democratic Conference, which has aligned itself with Republicans in Albany. The editors note the opportunity to replace a number of those Democrats in the Sept. 13 primary vote:

The State Senate right now might be the most important of the races that are being held, because they hold the key to the future of the state. In particular, the seats held by members of the Independent Democratic Conference, who have been aligning themselves with the Republicans and have made it possible to for Republicans to control what has happened in the Senate on the budget, to determine committee appointments and to decide what legislation comes to the floor of the Senate for a vote. If the IDC is defeated, then true Democrats can be in Albany and progressive goals can and will be achieved.

Among the candidates the AmNews endorses are: Jessica Ramos for state senator in the 13th district in Queens, which spans Corona, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and parts of Woodside and Astoria; Robert Jackson for the 31st senatorial district in Manhattan and Alessandra Biaggi, whose name “is probably one you have not heard until recently,” because of her behind-the-scenes work, for the 34th senatorial district – a seat currently held by the IDC “ringleader,” Jeff Klein.

And for Brooklyn’s 20th senatorial district, spanning Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, South Slope and Sunset Park, where “gentrification is in overdrive,” the paper endorsed Zellnor Myrie over incumbent Jesse Hamilton, whom AmNews said “has been no friend to our communities.”

Here’s what AmNews had to say about Myrie:

Raised in the community, he went to Brooklyn Tech and Fordham University and later Cornell Law School. As a lawyer, he used his pro-bono time to fight police brutality, help special education students get the services owed them by the Department of Education, help victims of domestic violence and assist asylum seekers. Before law school, he worked as a legislative director in the New York City Council. Among his top priorities are affordable housing, immigration, education and women’s health. He will be a strong advocate for the people of Brooklyn, and once again a true Democrat.

For endorsements of candidates running for the Assembly and Kings County Civil court judge, go to the Amsterdam News.

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