New York

“A political action group formed in the wake of the 2016 presidential election as a counterweight to the Trump presidency is pumping significant resources into local primary races in New York, providing rookie candidates with funding and training to battle entrenched Albany incumbents.”


During the 2018 election, Arena coached and supported nine candidates in New York and helped defeat the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC). The IDC was a group of breakaway Democrats who’ve caucused with Republicans to block progress on women’s reproductive rights, criminal justice reform, and ethics reform. Our support included four candidates for US congress, four for NY state legislature, and one for NY state committee, plus a major investment in the Working Families Party.

Arena’s 2018 New York candidates went 7 for 9.

Those victories included:

Antonio Delgado

Congress, New York, 19th District

Max Rose

Congress, New York, 11th District

Alessandra Biaggi

State Senate, New York, 34th District

Jessica Ramos

State Senate, New York, 13th District

Zellnor Myrie

State Senate, New York, 20th District

Catalina Cruz

State Assembly, New York, 39th District

Christopher Marte

Democratic State Committee, 65th District

Why this matters

New York ranks among the most corrupt states in the country. Our schools remain hopelessly segregated, our historically accessible neighborhoods are now unaffordable, and our transportation system is falling apart.

Beyond quantitative measures, our city is losing its character. To quote Adam Gopnik: “New York is safer and richer but less like itself, an old lover who has gone for a face-lift and come out looking like no one in particular. The wrinkles are gone, but so is the face."

In the words of Ben Rhodes, “You can’t change things until you change the people making the decisions.” That change started with our victories in November.

Arena New York has three priorities in 2019:


1. Reform Albany

Arena is taking the fight to Albany and will fight for fundamental reforms in government ethics, campaign finance, and voting rights. Our Managing Partner previewed that agenda with an op-ed in the New York Daily News, and will announce a robust legislative proposal in early 2019.


2. New blood

We are looking for visionary candidates to run for state and local office in 2020 and 2021. From city council to state legislature, if you have big ideas and are planning a run, we would like to hear from you.


3. Build community

Arena hosts monthly meetups and periodic dinners in New York City, where we feature an expert, candidate, or activist to speak on an important local issue.

Learn more about Five Borough Future, our New York initiative for 2020 and 2021.

Visit Five Borough Future

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