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Cuomo hints Trump is reason for IDC-Democratic truce

April 5, 2018 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at an event in New York on Monday. On Tuesday, helped broker the deal between the State Senate Independent Democratic Conference and the senate’s mainstream Democrats. The agreement was announced on Wednesday. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

President Donald Trump and Republicans in Washington, D.C. are a big part of the reason the state Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) rejoined the Senate’s mainstream Democrats on Wednesday after years of estrangement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo hinted in his announcement of the new agreement.

“New York is under attack by an ultraconservative government in Washington that is threatening the progressive soul and economic base of our state. Everything we stand for, they are against. Today, we are uniting the Democratic Party to fight a common enemy for the greater good,” Cuomo said his statement after state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Westchester), leader the main group of Democrats, and state Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx), IDC chairman, had reached a tentative agreement to have IDC’s eight members rejoin their Democratic brethren. 

Under the agreement, IDC, which was formed in 2011, has disbanded. IDC had aligned itself with state senate Republicans, giving the GOP control of the legislative chamber.

“I want to thank all the individual members for putting aside their personal interests to unify as Democrats and continue to make New York the strong progressive leader that it is. But our work is not done. By joining together as Democrats, we will continue to fight to achieve the entirety of our bold agenda to make New York a fairer, safer, more equal state for all,” Cuomo stated. 

The impact of disbanding IDC will likely be felt here in Brooklyn.

Two of the members of the now-defunct IDC are lawmakers representing Brooklyn neighborhoods. State Sens. Diane Savino (D-Coney Island-Bensonhurst-Staten Island) and Jesse Hamilton (D-Crown Heights-parts of Park Slope-Sunset Park) were IDC members and enjoyed the clout that came with being part of a group helping Republicans hold the majority.

 

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