Some Dems tell Carlucci that bygones are bygones while others prepare primary challenge

PHOTO CREDIT: Capital Confidential (Times Union, Albany)

BY DYLAN SKRILOFF

While Rockland’s young senator may no longer be a thorn in the side of the state Democratic Party leadership, some in the activist base of the part are not so forgiving. Democrat Julie Goldberg of New City was set to announce her candidacy for Carlucci’s seat on Thursday, May 31.

Goldberg and her supporters contend that David Carlucci must face opposition in the Democratic primary because he “allied himself for seven years in the Senate with Republicans while calling himself a Democrat.”

Goldberg said, “With Donald Trump and his enablers controlling Washington, it’s more important than ever to have honest leaders representing us and protecting New Yorkers from the Republican agenda … Carlucci empowered Republicans to lead our state senate since 2011, blocking education justice for our neediest schools, reproductive rights protections, stronger gun control, and campaign finance reform. For years I have watched this duplicity go unchallenged. I couldn’t stay on the sidelines any longer.”

“The children of East Ramapo and Ossining are owed tens of millions by New York according to a court ruling. It’s a travesty that our senator has been blocking these needy districts from receiving the aid they are due,” Goldberg said.

Among her supporters is John Gromada, an activist who helped Maureen Porette’s unsuccessful campaign for county executive.

Goldberg’s bio describes her as an “educator, librarian, former English teacher, and grassroots activist, as well as a lifelong Democrat. She is currently education media specialist at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ. A graduate of Rutgers University, Goldberg and her husband, Martin Springer, have lived in the Village of Chestnut Ridge with their two children since 2002.