NY Congress Members Slam Republican-Aligned State Senate Democrats
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez. Nydia Velazquez/Facebook
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and Congresswomen Yvette Clarke and Nydia Velazquez tore into the State Senate’s eight-member Independent Democratic Conference, which has held a power-sharing agreement with the Republican caucus since 2012.
WNYC’s Brian Lehrer asked the three members of the House Democratic minority whether they supported running challengers against the turncoat coteries, which receives committee chairmanships—and the attending salary stipends for leadership roles—in exchange for bolstering GOP control of the upper chamber. Jeffries answered first, tentatively, specifically targeting State Senator Jesse Hamilton, whose district overlaps with his own and who joined …