A coalition of progressive groups will rally at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan office today at 13:00 ET to demand he take immediate action to put the State Senate under Democratic majority control.
State-wide elections on November 8 yielded the Democrats 32 of 63 State Senate seats – a numerical majority. However, Brooklyn Democrat Simcha Felder has caucused with Republicans since his election in 2012 and seven additional Democrats are members of the Independent Democratic Conference, which regularly votes with the GOP. Control of the State Senate rests with Republican majority leader John Flanagan of Long Island.
The eight activist groups co-organizing the rally hope to pressurise the Democratic Governor to unite the State Senate Democrats so that the legislature can “stand strong against Trump and enact progressive policies that create an economy and a democracy that works for all New Yorkers,” according to a statement on the event’s Facebook page.
“Governor Cuomo’s tough talk in recent weeks about opposing the Trump administration’s anti-worker, anti-immigrant inequality agenda isn’t enough. Progressive leaders will call on Cuomo, and all 32 Senators elected on the Democratic line, to denounce Trump’s anti-worker, anti-immigrant cabinet nominations, and call on the state Republican Party to do the same,” the coalition explained in an additional printed statement.
Over one hundred people indicated they would attend the rally on Facebook as of Wednesday morning.
The organizers are Alliance for Quality Education, ALIGN-NY, Citizen Action of New York, Community Voices Heard, Make the Road Action, New York Communities for Change, Strong Economy for All, and VOCAL-NY.