Sen. Biaggi faces Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Sean Patrick Maloney in the Democratic primary. The New York Working Families Party had previously endorsed Sean Patrick Maloney in NY-18 in March. However, Maloney’s entry into NY-17, the district won by party-backed Rep. Mondaire Jones in 2020, caused major shifts in several districts, prompting Jones to now run in New York’s 10th congressional district.
“We’re proud to endorse Alessandra Biaggi in the 17th Congressional District. Since taking down the head of the Republican-aligned IDC, Alessandra has been a fierce fighter for working families and someone who is never afraid to stand up for what’s right. As a State Senator, she championed affordable housing, reforming our broken ethics system, and justice for sexual assault survivors,” said Sochie Nnaemeka, Director of the New York Working Families Party. “Alessandra would be a tremendous addition to New York’s Congressional delegation.”
The endorsement gives Biaggi access to arguably the state’s largest grassroots mobilization operation. The WFP’s canvassers have repeatedly helped topple well-tenured incumbents. In the 2018 primaries, the WFP’s endorsement helped Biaggi cut the head off the Independent Democratic Conference snake, when she ousted its leader Sen. Jeff Klein in a district that stretches across the Bronx and Westchester County.
Previously, Biaggi spent much of the year running for New York’s third congressional district (NY-3) that was largely centered on Long Island to succeed Congressman Tom Suozzi in the seat he is vacating to run for governor.
“I am extremely grateful to have earned the Working Families Party’s endorsement in my race for Congress. The Working Families Party stood by me in 2018 when we took on a corporate ‘Democrat’ who kept Republicans in control of the State Senate for decades. I was outspent 10 to 1 — but with the help of the Working Families Party, we won by ten points. Since then, we have worked in tandem to deliver for working New Yorkers, and I am ready to take our partnership to Washington,” said State Senator Alessandra Biaggi. “I am running for Congress to deliver on bold, popular policies for working families, and I am confident that with the support of the Working Families Party, we can win against another corporate Democrat who is standing in the way of progress. Together we will protect abortion rights, combat the climate crisis, lower prescription drug costs and pass Medicare for All, create more living wage jobs, and invest in our communities.”