By Carl Campanile
December 17, 2017
A former aide to Mayor de Blasio is throwing a monkey wrench into a Gov. Cuomo-backed deal to unify two Democratic factions in the fractured state Senate — one that has left Republicans in charge of the chamber, The Post has learned.
Under tentative power sharing agreement, eight renegade members of the Independent Democratic Caucus currently allied with the GOP would rejoin fellow Democrats in a bid form a Democratic majority.
But Jessica Ramos and other progressives despise IDC members as traitors and “Trump Republicans” and plan to run primaries against them — thus undermining the truce.
Ramos, 32, of Jackson Heights, who recently resigned as a City Hall communications aide, is planning to run against Queens state Sen. Jose Peralta in the 13th senatorial district that includes Corona, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and Woodside.
She’s been making the rounds at lefty holiday parties and was roundly cheered when introduced at a weekend bash hosted by Allen Roskoff, the head of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club.
Her candidacy will raise eyebrows, given the cold war between Cuomo and de Blasio — which includes a dispute over failure to secure Democratic control of the state Senate.
Peralta, 46, a relatively popular four-term incumbent who defeated convicted felon Hiram Monserrate in 2010 for the Senate seat, was considered a shoo-in for re-election. But in January he defected from the mainline Democrats to join the IDC, enraging Democratic activists already angry over the election of Donald Trump as president.
Ramos, 32, the mother of two public school kids, told The Post: “I’m currently exploring the possibility of running for state Senate. There is an upswell of support in my community to elect a real Democrat that fights for working families and helps call progressive legislation to the floor for a vote.” Asked if de Blasio is encouraging her candidacy, Ramos said, “The Mayor is supportive of a Democratic majority in the state Senate.”
Peralta’s response: bring it on!
“I’m confident in putting my long record of Democratic achievements up against anyone’s if they choose to enter the primary and I look forward to a healthy debate over the future of the district and the city,” Peralta said in a statement.
Former Councilman Robert Jackson, who is running a primary against IDC Sen. Marisol Alcantara in northern Manhattan, also attended the Roskoff party and was serenaded with chants of “Action Jackson!”