The New York Times has endorsed Oliver Koppell for State Senate. Read the full article!
“NY1 VIDEO: As part of Inside City Hall’s series of State Senate and Assembly primary debates, State Senator Jeff Klein and his challenger, former City Councilman Oliver Koppell faced off in a spirited debate over Senator Klein’s Independent Democratic Conference, development in the district and more.”
WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE DEBATE
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Dear Friends and Supporters,
Thank you for your interest in the District 34 New York State Senate race.
In my public service as a NY State Assemblyman, as State Attorney General, and as a NY City Council Member, I have consistently fought to improve the lives of our residents. I have written over 300 laws to make New York cleaner, safer, and more prosperous.
Incumbent State Senator Jeffrey Klein formed his Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) in 2011 and forged a power-sharing agreement with Republican State Senator Dean Skelos in 2012. This empowered the GOP to continue controlling the Senate’s legislative agenda. Klein’s partnership with Republicans brought him personal power but left Senate Democrats without significant power or influence.
Most importantly, Klein’s grave betrayal of the Democrats who elected him resulted in a failure to pass key Democratic bills: the IDC renegades, who take credit for conquering dysfunction in Albany, actually failed to achieve campaign finance reform, failed to increase the minimum wage, failed to pass the Women’s Equality Act, and failed to pass the DREAM Act.
The June 2014 deal Jeff Klein and the IDC made to re-partner with Democrats is hollow and merely a ploy to avoid primary challenges. They have said they will not return to the fold until after November—and they have said they will not disband the IDC to re-join the Democratic conference. This means that resuming a relationship with Republicans is still on the table.
I will not deviate from serving Democratic interests. I accepted a request to run to win back this Senate seat for a true, progressive Democratic agenda for the hard-working families of our State.