What Is the IDC?

The Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) – led by Bronx Sen. Jeff Klein – was a group of 8 NY State Senators who were elected to office as Democrats but who formed a coalition with Republicans, thereby blocking most progressive legislation in NY for over 7 years.

In the September 13, 2018 Democratic primary, after an unprecedented grassroots campaign, 6 IDC Senators including Klein were defeated by progressive challengers backed by No IDC NY. [New York Times]



John Liu - District 11


Whitestone, Bayside, College Point, Flushing




Jessica Ramos - District 13


Jackson Heights, Corona, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst, parts of Woodside and Astoria




Zellnor Myrie - District 20


Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, South Slope, Sunset Park


Robert Jackson - District 31


Chelsea, Clinton, the Garment District, Hamilton Heights, Harlem, Inwood, Midtown Manhattan, Morningside Heights, the Upper West Side, Washington Heights


Alessandra Biaggi - District 34


Bronx, Pelham, and Mount Vernon


Rachel May - District 53


Madison County and parts of Oneida and Onondaga counties, including the majority of the City of Syracuse



“Party of Trump”: Who are the IDC's Republican Allies?

The Senate Republicans whom the IDC has empowered are among Donald Trump’s earliest and most ardent supporters and his closest ideological allies in New York State. [NY Daily News]

The Senate Republican conference is 100% anti-choice and anti-LGBT, opposes the NY DREAM Act, opposes criminal justice reform, and opposes campaign finance reform, all while promoting anti-immigrant legislation that could have been written by Steve Bannon. [NY Post, NY Daily News]

IDC “Alternative Facts” vs. Reality

Alternative fact: The IDC led the charge on the “Fight for $15”
Reality: In 2013, the Republican/IDC coalition voted for a gradual minimum wage raise from $7.25/hr to $9.00/hr that experts and mainline Democrats criticized for not going far enough. In 2015, after the IDC lost any say over the legislative agenda, Governor Cuomo pushed through a minimum wage hike to $15.00/hr that needed mainline Democratic Conference votes to pass

Alternative fact: The IDC can force Republicans to pass progressive legislation
Reality Senate Republicans have blocked the following legislation from passing in New York

  • DREAM Act to provide tuition assistance to children of undocumented immigrants
  • Elements of the Women’s Equality Act to codify Roe v. Wade in New York law (Reproductive Health Act to protect access to abortion and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act to protect access to no-copay birth control)
  • GENDA to protect LGBT New Yorkers from discrimination
  • Voting Reform including early voting and automatic voter registration
  • Criminal Justice Reform including “Raise the Age”
  • Campaign Finance Reform and Ethics Reform to clean up Albany corruption
  • Tenant protections, including repeal of the Urstadt Law and repeal of vacancy decontrol


Here's a full list of progressive legislation that passed the Assembly but died in the Senate during the last legislative session. We can expect many if not most of these to be reintroduced this year; let's keep pressure on our senators to get these through!

The Sad Truth

Talking Points: IDC Facts and Rebuttals

Talking to the media, your Senators, or your neighbors? You can also download the talking points as a PDF.


Vote the IDC out in the Thurs, Sept 13th primary


Contact Us

Media Inquiries


Outreach and Organizing Inquiries


Stay in Touch

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required