Many in the State Senate’s large freshman class had improbable paths to Albany, but maybe none more than Biaggi. The 32-year-old from Pelham defeated incumbent Jeff Klein, a popular veteran who was one of the most powerful people in the statehouse.
Biaggi will chair the Ethics and Internal Governance Committee. Under the Republicans, the committee met once in eight years. The Democratic leadership has already changed the committee’s status to make it play a more active role in reducing Albany’s culture of pay-to-play.
Originally published in WNYC on January 10, 2019.