The election of Jesse Hamilton to the State Senate may have made a good night even better for the Independent Democratic Conference.
“Jesse Hamilton was successful in Brooklyn and Jesse Hamilton will be a member of the IDC,” State Senator Diane Savino, an IDC member, declared at an election night party for the conference’s leader, State Senator Jeffrey Klein.
Mr. Hamilton — who handily beat Rubain Dorancy in the primary bid for the vacant seat of Mr. Hamilton’s former boss, Borough President Eric Adams — hasn’t publicly proclaimed any intention to join the breakaway caucus that has now promised to conference with Democrats — assuming Democrats hold on to a majority, of course.
And despite Ms. Savino’s bold statement, Mr. Hamilton’s campaign indicated he was keeping his options open.
“The lynchpin of Jesse’s victory was the broad coalition of partners that believed in him and his message of building a safer, more affordable Brooklyn. After November, Jesse will sit down with these partners and figure out how best to move forward in Albany on the issues that matter most to Brooklyn families; affordable housing, education, and stopping gun violence. One thing that should be crystal clear to everyone, Jesse Hamilton will certainly never vote for a Republican for Senate Majority Leader or any other Senate leadership position,” spokesman Nathan Smith said.
But it seems the IDC would be happy to pencil Mr. Hamilton into their dance card.
“The Independent Democratic Conference believes Jesse Hamilton will make a terrific Senator since he shares the same vision on key legislation we hope to see pass,” Candice Giove, a spokeswoman for the IDC, told the Observer.
In another key race for the IDC, member State Senator Tony Avella held off a challenge from John Liu — though Mr. Liu has declined, so far, to concede.