To balance the power of soft bail reform advocates in Albany, a new union-backed group plans to bolster moderate Democrats in this month’s Senate primary against AOC-backed progressive challengers and incumbent leftists.
“New York is making a comeback. But Albany has failed us when it comes to the safety and justice we deserve,” said a narrator in a television ad released Tuesday by the newly formed nonprofit organization Safe New York.
It will be led by Transport Workers Union Chairperson Tony Utano, Pro-Mayor Eric Adams, Jackie Rowe-Adams of anti-violence organization Harlem Mothers SAVE and representatives from groups such as Alliance for Community Preservation and Betterment, New Yorkers for Safer Streets, WSUR Brownstones and organizes Asian Wave Alliance.
“We need state senators to address the current crisis with tougher gun laws to get illegal guns off our streets, and tools for judges to protect us from dangerous criminals,” the 30-second spot continues.
Though the nonprofit is unable to support specific political candidates in races under IRS charitable organization rules, the group circles the floats around the notion that New York’s criminal justice laws need to be strengthened — or at least brought back to their weight of the deposit reform must be reset.
According to a source, the group is expected to spend nearly $1 million on nationwide ad buying.
“Public safety on our subways and on our streets has reached crisis levels, and voters need to know what’s at stake in the upcoming elections this month,” Utano said.
“It is critical to the future of New York that our leaders make sound decisions to keep New Yorkers safe so our city and state can recover and prosper.”
The news follows Adams’ repeated requests that Gov. Kathy Hochul call an emergency session of the Democrat-controlled state Legislature and reverse portions of the controversial bail reform bill.
Hochul dismissed the idea, instead blaming the judges for not following the law.
Crime is likely to become a focus in several State Senate primaries, particularly in counties where incumbents who have defended bail reform are running to retain their seats.
State Senator Robert Jackson is defying a challenge from Angel Vazquez, an education and policy advisor to the United Federation of Teachers, for his seat in Upper Manhattan’s 31st District.
In the 33rd District, which includes parts of the Bronx, Senator Gustavo Rivera also faces a primary from attorney Miguelina Camilo, who is supported by the Bronx Democratic Party.
Both Jackson and Rivera oppose changes to the state’s bail laws.
Other races that could heat up include left-wing primaries involving the Democratic Socialists of America and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Both AOC and DSA supported organizer David Alexis in his race against incumbent Senator Kevin Parker in Brooklyn’s 21st Circuit.
The pair also backed Kristin Gonzalez, an American Express product manager, in the newly formed 59th District against Elizabeth Crowley, who was backed by Adams.
The primaries are scheduled for August 23.
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