Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing Alessandra Biaggi in her campaign for District 34’s State Senate seat against Jeff Klein, a leader of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC).
Food & Water Action endorsed Biaggi based on her commitment to moving New York to 100% renewable energy by 2030, stopping fossil fuel infrastructure projects statewide, and protecting publicly-owned water systems from corporate takeover.
“Alessandra Biaggi is both the Bronx and Westchester county’s antidote to the toxic influence of the IDC,” said Santosh Nandabalan, an organizer with Food & Water Action. “We’re excited to see her emerge as a true leader for sustainability, economic justice and moving New York state off fossil fuels.”
Biaggi is challenging incumbent Sen. Jeff Klein, the leader of the IDC, which for years has handed control of the Senate to Republicans. Klein's decision to caucus with Republicans hasn’t just betrayed Democratic voters in the 34th state senate district, it has also made progressive climate legislation impossible in Albany.
As one of the lead groups in the successful statewide fight to ban fracking, Food & Water Watch organizers and volunteers lead campaigns to shut down fossil fuel infrastructure, from the fracked gas power plants proposed in every corner of the state to pipelines such as the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) running dangerously close to the Indian Point Nuclear facility. The group is also pushing the state to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030.
Food & Water Action is the affiliated 501(c)4 arm of Food & Water Watch. This is the first election cycle in which Food & Water Action will make endorsements and deploy its statewide power to send strong climate champions to Albany.