What Is the IDC?

The Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) – led by Bronx Sen. Jeff Klein – is 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 the last 7 years.

In 2012, Democrats won a majority of seats in the State Senate, but the IDC broke away from the main Democratic conference to give Republicans control of the Senate. [Huffington Post]

Democrats also held a majority of Senate seats after winning a Special Election in 2016, and once again after the 2016 election, but Republicans have remained in charge through their alliance with rogue Democrats. [Buffalo News]

VOTE THE IDC OUT IN THE PRIMARY

Thurs, Sept 13th, 2018


 

 

Meet the No IDC NY coalition endorsed candidates running against the IDC members:

 

John Liu

QUEENS

Whitestone, Bayside, College Point, Flushing

 

 

 

Jessica Ramos

QUEENS

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

 

 

 

Zellnor Myrie

BROOKLYN

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

 

Jasmine Robinson

STATEN ISLAND / BROOKLYN

North and East Shores of Staten Island, portions of Southern Brooklyn, including Bensonhurst, Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Dyker Heights, Gravesend, Sunset Park

 

Robert Jackson

MANHATTAN

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

 

Alessandra Biaggi

BRONX / WESTCHESTER

Bronx, Pelham, and Mount Vernon

 

 

 

 

 

Julie Goldberg

ROCKLAND

Rockland County and parts of Westchester County

 

Rachel May

SYRACUSE

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

Blake Morris

BROOKLYN

Midwood, Flatbush, Borough Park, Kensington, Sunset Park, Madison and Bensonhurst

“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

 

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