The Rockland County Democratic Committee is criticizing Sen. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Rockland County, for failing to get legislation passed on a women’s rights agenda and campaign-finance reform.
Carlucci is part of the four-member Independent Democratic Conference, which shares power in the state Senate with Republicans. When it was formed, the IDC vowed to advance a progressive agenda in the Senate, but it facing criticism for failing to get an abortion-strengthening bill and public financing of campaigns to the floor.
The state is signed by 33 prominent elected officials and party and community leaders. The party chairwoman is Kristen Stavisky, whose husband is a Democratic consultant and mother in law is Democratic Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, D-Queens.
The Rockland Women’s Political Caucus also put out a statement knocking Carlucci, the second-term senator and former Clarkstown clerk.
“In 2010 and 2012, we endorsed and worked hard for our senator, David Carlucci, a member of the IDC,” the group said in a statement. “We are disappointed. Senate Republicans and the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) refuse to bring WEA, with its abortion rights provision to the Senate floor for a vote. That’s unacceptable.”
Carlucci and the IDC have defended their position, saying they all are pro-choice, but there isn’t support in the other conferences to pass the abortion piece of the 10-point women’s agenda.
“It’s very interesting that you hammer someone who advocates your position,” IDC leader Jeff Klein, D-Bronx. “I am pro-choice and so is every member of the Independent Democratic Conference. The last time I checked, I have not seen a Republican stand up and say that they’re pro choice to make up for the lack of votes on the Democratic side.”