A note from the Up2Us Board of Directors:
Up2Us proudly supports Democratic candidates from the local level to the national level. With the critical goal of defeating Terrence Murphy in November, we thought that it was important to lend our support by endorsing as early as possible. As a general policy we do not endorse before a primary. We made an exception to this by endorsing Robert Kesten for the NYS Senate District 40 race in the belief that there would not be a primary. We were impressed with the passion and commitment Mr. Kesten brought to the race. When four-term County Legislator Peter Harckham entered the race in May we recognized that we now have two excellent candidates. Up2Us will support both candidates in their primary race and will endorse the winner in September with the ultimate goal of turning SD40 blue. In the meantime we will work hard to get out the vote!
Alessandra Biaggi is running for New York State Senate in District 34, where she was born and raised. A Democrat running as a true Democrat, Alessandra exemplifies Up2Us values.
Biaggi spent her last decade in advocacy, national leadership, and service to the people of New York, interning for Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY), the Kings County D.A.’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and working as Assistant General Counsel for Governor Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery.
Alessandra was a 2015 New Leaders Council (NLC) fellow and sits on NLC’s Advisory Board. She’s a member of The New Agenda's Young Women Leadership Council, and has served on the host committee for The Arena. She has presented on topics including women in politics, leadership, political strategy, and community organizing for New York University's Women's Initiative, Columbia University, Ladies Get Paid, Rally + Rise, Impact Hub, Solidarity Sundays, Changemaker Chats, the All In Together Campaign, with Diane Von Furstenberg, and NYU with the Lieutenant Governor of New York, Kathleen C. Hochul.
Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Biaggi is a graduate of Pelham Memorial High School, New York University, and Fordham Law School, where she was a member of the Fordham Law Review. In 2014, she attended the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University.
As State Senator, Alessandra is committed towards moving New York forward in the same direction as Up2Us and will fight to expand voting rights, fully fund public education, access to childcare, healthcare, and eldercare, fight domestic violence and gun violence, reform campaign finance, reproductive justice, and make sure that every person in the district has a good, well-paying job. She'll also fight for functioning transit, affordable housing, criminal justice reform, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, environmental sustainability, and protections against sexual abuse, assault, and harassment so that every human being has a safe working environment, regardless of what they do for a living.
And so, on behalf of our membership, the Board of Directors of Up2Us heartily endorses Alessandra Biaggi for New York State Senate in District 34.
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