Some of the city’s top black and Latino representatives in Albany unveiled their legislative priorities at a conference in Gramercy Park on Monday.They also took some shots at fellow Democrats.
The state’s Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus wants to pass the Dream Act, expand universal pre-K, raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18 and decriminalize marijuana.
But standing in the way, they say, is the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of four breakaway Democrats who control the state senate in a power-sharing agreement with Republicans.
“Right now we have more Democrats in the state Senate than Republicans. But we do not have a working majority because some of our colleagues have chosen to side with the enemy,” said Bronx state Senator Gustavo Rivera.
“Those that have broken off, to not only cut deals with those in different parties, but cut deals that are against the interest of the people of the state of New York, there is nothing independent about that,” said Rev. Al Sharpton.
The caucus is expected to release a full report, “The People’s Priorities,” on December 5.