NYS Senate IDC Member David Valesky Gets Support From Local County Democratic Leader

David J. Valesky

March 18, 2014

BY KEN LOVETT, MARCH 3, 2014 5:08 PM

Onondaga County Democratic Committee Chairman Mark English rejected a call for him to try and oust Senate Independent Democratic Committee member David Valesky from the party.

“Dave has been true to the core principles of the party,” English said.

The county chair said he has not heard from Sen. Martin Dilan, who said in my “Albany Insider” column today that he would be reaching out to the five IDC members’ local county chairs to encourage them to expel them for “party disloyalty.”

“Dave Valesky is a terrific individual and he’s represented this district well,” English said.

English also praised the IDC for working well with Democratic Gov. Cuomo.

He said the dispute between the IDC and the mainstream Democrats is less about party ideology and more about governance.

English joins Bronx County Democratic Chairman Carl Heastie, the local party leader for IDC head Jeffrey Klein, and Richmond County Democratic Committee Executive Director Kevin Elkins, in rejecting Dilan’s call for expulsion.