The decision by the Senate Independent Democratic Conference to work with the Democratic conference next year will mean Sen. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Rockland County, will avoid a primary, the local party announced this afternoon.
Carlucci admitted yesterday he didn’t want a primary against Clarkstown town board member Stephanie Hausner — so much so that he was reportedly encouraging his four IDC colleagues for weeks to rejoin the Democratic conference.
In fact, Carlucci met with a group of about 30 local Democratic leaders on Tuesday to pledge that he would rejoin the Democratic conference as soon as possible if the IDC didn’t break with Republicans, said Nancy Low-Hogan, a county legislator who attended the meeting.
“The impression that I came away with was ASAP,” she said of Carlucci’s own plan to split from the IDC.
But Carlucci will avoid a primary, after all. Hausner said in a statement this afternoon that she won’t run.
“I considered running for the State Senate in order to advance this progressive agenda and to hold Sen. Carlucci and the other members of the IDC accountable,” Hausner said. “Recently, however, Sen. Carlucci made the right decision by pledging to support Democratic control over the State Senate, and I appreciate his efforts to end the Democratic division in Albany. Therefore, I will not be a candidate for Senate this year.”
Hausner’s announcement was expected after the IDC said Wednesday night it would break from Republicans next year.
IDC Leader Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, so far still faces a primary from former New York City Councilman Oliver Koppell, while IDC member Tony Avella, D-Queens, is facing a primary from former New York City comptroller John Liu.
Rockland County Democratic Chairwoman Kristen Stavisky said the local party has been consistent in urging Carlucci to fight for Democratic ideals in Albany. Rockland County Democrats didn’t endorse Carlucci last month, saying he was aligned with Republicans in the IDC’s power-sharing deal and blocking a progressive agenda.
Stavisky said in a statement, “The Rockland County Democratic Party’s perspective has been consistent throughout this process: those who are elected as Democrats should govern as Democrats. We will continue to hold every elected official, including David Carlucci, to that standard when they ask for our support.”
As for Carlucci, who is in his second term, he said in a statement, “I am fully committed to join with my colleagues in a Democratic Majority in the state Senate. The agreement between the IDC and Senate Democrats, and the unprecedented coalition led by Governor Cuomo to win this November will ensure that all residents of Rockland and Westchester will have their voices heard in the halls of Albany.”
There was no immediate comment from Carlucci spokesman Mike Grubiak about Carlucci’s pledge to the local party, with or without the IDC.