As New York City rocks with the indiscriminate killings of innocent subway riders and children playing in the streets, socialist arsonist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez urges like-minded insurgents to “defund the police” to the primary incumbent Albany Democrats, according to The Post has experienced.
AOC announced Monday it is backing a list of candidates to oust seven Democratic incumbents in the party’s upcoming June 28 primary.
In alliance with the left-wing Working Families Party, she seeks to defeat longtime incumbents with close ties to Speaker Carl Heastie, including fellow Bronx Assembly members Jeffrey Dinowitz and Michael Benedetto.
Benedetto, a retired school teacher first elected in 2004, is challenged by former AOC staffer Jonathan Soto. Benedetto accused AOC of trying to hijack the Democrat-led convention with an anti-public safety agenda.
Almost all of its 82nd assembly district overlaps with AOC’s congressional district, which includes City Island, Pelham Bay, Throgs Neck, portions of Morris Park and Co-Op City.
“I’m sure AOC would like to see the assembly become part of the democratic socialist movement to disappoint the police,” Benedetto said.
“AOC and their candidates will make New York less safe if they prevail.”
Still, he said, AOC and Soto picked the wrong fight in the wrong district.
“Voters in my district are people of common sense who care very, very much about the quality of life and safety on the streets and are opposed to many of the things that Ms. Cortez is making a fuss about,” Benendetto said.
“I’m willing to fight for the job I love.”
Benedetto, chairman of the education committee, is backing Mayor Eric Adams in his push to get Albany to renew Hizzoner’s authority to run the city’s public school system — raising the possibility that Adams, an enemy of democratic socialism, will oppose Benedetto to the candidate will be supported by AOC .
AOC also backs insurgent Jessica Altagracia Woolford in the Riverdale section of the Bronx against stalwart partisan Jeff Dinowitz in the 81st Precinct, which takes Riverdale.
Meanwhile, she tries to take down Rep. Inez Dickens, who has close ties to the Harlem Democratic establishment, and Eric Dilan, a supporter of the Brooklyn Democratic Party.
AOC instead supports Delsenia Glover, a lifelong Harlemite and tenant leader and founding member of the Housing Justice for All coalition, against Dickens.
She also supported Samy Olivares in AD 54 — who, according to the Ocasio-Cortez publication, would be the first “genderqueer” state legislature — against Dilan.
The AOC list also includes immigration rights organizer and Peekskill resident Vanessa Agudelo, who is running for an empty seat to replace incumbent Sandra Galef, who is not seeking re-election in the lower Hudson Valley in AD 95; Sarahana Shrestha on incumbent Kevin Cahill in AD 103 in the upper Hudson Valley; and public school teacher Justin Chaires against incumbent Angelo Santabarbara in the capital region.
Additionally, she backed Keron Alleyne in AD 60 in Brooklyn’s East New York against incumbent Nikki Lucas.
For an open seat in Western Queens, she is supporting Juan Ardila, who lost a primary to Councilman Robert Holden last year.
“These working-class candidates are campaigning for guaranteed health care, affordable housing and climate justice for every New Yorker, but they look deep into their pockets: politicians backed by real estate developers, Wall Street and Big Pharma,” Ocasio-Cortez said in the e-fundraising blitz sent to supporters Monday on behalf of their nominee list.
“Can you donate $28 to these candidates to help us win a New York where everyone is fed, sheltered and cared for? Every euro counts… The obstacle to our issues of guaranteed health care, affordable housing and climate justice are the corporate-backed incumbents in the other body of the state legislature, the New York State Assembly. Until we win a progressive state assembly, none of our remaining issues will go through.”
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