ALBANY _ The five-member Independent Democratic Conference in a surprise move on Wednesday committed leaving its historic, bipartisan coalition with Republicans to strike a new bargain with Democrats after the November elections.
“All IDC members are united and agree to work together to form a new majority coalition between the Independent Democratic Conference and the Senate Democratic Conference after the November elections in order to deliver the results that working families across this state still need and deserve,” said Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx), who heads the IDC.
Cuomo endorsed the move in a joint statement with Klein.
Cuomo said there is “no doubt there are progressive goals that we have yet to achieve and that we must accomplish next January.”
Cuomo committed to fighting for a Democratic majority in the Senate in securing the endorsement of the liberal Working Families Party.
Cuomo had accomplished much of his jobs, tax and economic agenda by aligning closely with Senate Republicans led by co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre).