In November, New York Democrats made history by securing a true blue trifecta. Democrats technically had a trifecta prior to the 2018 midterm elections, but due to the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of conservative Democrats who caucused with the Republicans, the GOP held control over the New York State Senate. This meant that even though the House Democratic majority repeatedly passed progressive legislation such as the DREAM Act, GENDA, and the Reproductive Health Act, the bills would be killed in the Senate before ever having the chance to arrive on the Democratic Governor’s desk.
Six of the eight IDC members were defeated in the primaries by young progressives like Zellnor Myrie and Alessandra Biaggi, while Julia Salazar managed to even unseat a non-IDC corporate Democratic Senate incumbent. But still, going into Election Day, Democrats only held 32 Senate seats to the GOP’s 31, with one of the two remaining IDC members still caucusing with the GOP.
Fortunately, New York has some impressive progressive fighters in the legislature ready to go to bat for the long-overdue change New York needs. One such fighter is Harvey Epstein, who was elected to a full term in November with almost 90% of the vote.
Assemblymember Harvey Epstein joined us on the podcast to discuss his wide array of progressive priorities for this legislative session. Listen on iTunes