By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
State Sen. Diane Savino, a member of the senate’s Independent Democratic Conference, spent the last day before Election Day urging New York City voters to vote for the Democratic Party ticket, but on a different line on the ballot.
Savino (D-Coney Island-Bensonhurst-Staten Island) issued a statement calling on voters to vote for Bill de Blasio (mayor), Letitia James (public advocate) and Scott Stringer (comptroller) on the Working Families Party (WFP) line.
“As an early supporter of the Working Families Party and a member of the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference, I have always believed that voters should have choice,” Savino stated.
“For over 15 years the WFP has been the progressive voice for working class and middle class New Yorkers, it was founded to fight for good jobs, affordable housing and quality schools. I am urging people to vote for Democrats Bill de Blasio, Tish James and Scott Stringer on the Working Families Party line. So make your vote stand something, remember to vote for the Democrats on row D, VOTE WFP!” she stated.
The Working Families Party was founded in 1998.
Savino is a member of a small group of renegade Democratic state senators who broke away from their party in Albany two years ago to form their own conference within the senate. At the time, the renegade members expressed unhappiness with the way their fellow Democrats were functioning in the state capitol.
The New York Times reported in 2011 that Savino, and state senators Jeffrey Klein, David Valesky and David Carlucci formed the Independent Democratic Conference.
The conference has a Facebook page which includes a slogan, “Fighting on behalf of all New Yorkers for common sense, bipartisan solutions to New York's toughest challenges.”