Though many Democrats have posed behind the scenes as being super-angry at Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland), at last Thursday’s Democratic convention the incumbent received the unanimous endorsement of the Rockland County Democratic Party as their official nominee for the 38th State Senate District.
All scowls were carefully hidden and it was nothing but cheers and applause for the young lawmaker who much of the public views with optimism. Present at the convention was Grant Valentine, who professed to the Rockland County Times last week his intention to challenge Carlucci in a primary. Valentine may yet do as he said, but he did not make the announcement at the convention.
Carlucci has been something of a whipping boy in political circles since declining to support home rule legislation for a county sales tax increase which required state approval. His decision is viewed more positively among the public, however.
The lawmaker told the Rockland County Times that the hate and heat directed at him by local legislators and politicos, mostly from within in his own party, did not bother him. “Not when you consider the source,” he said.
Addressing the convention Carlucci said, “Two years ago, you entrusted me with carrying our Democratic values to the State Senate. I’m proud of my work to achieve those values, such as implementing a progressive income tax code for the first time in New York State, allowing working families to pay the lowest taxes in 58 years, requiring millionaires to pay their fair share…we’ve had important victories, but there is still more to be done to advance a progressive agenda. I will continue fighting to raise the minimum wage, oppose hydrofracking, and protect a woman’s right to choose. With this endorsement, I am humbled and honored to have earned your support to continue fighting the good fight and serving the people of the 38th State Senate District.”
Carlucci also boasted of his role in supporting New York’s controversial measure to redefine the institution of marriage for all persons from being the state of matrimony between husband and wife to being a mere legal agreement between “spouse 1” and “spouse 2.”