After deal, G.O.P. attacks de Blasio and ‘illegal immigrants’

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Skelos. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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ALBANY—Since the announcement of a deal to end their alliance with a renegade faction of Democrats, Senate Republicans are preparing to run against “ultra-liberal New York City radicals” who are working to empower “illegal immigrants” and stifle business, according to a set of talking points obtained by Capital that was distributed to Republican senators.

Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos said Thursday that Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein's promise to flip his alliance from Skelos to Democratic leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins would make New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio the state's “de facto governor.” The talking points show the Republicans' intent to cast the coming election cycle as a referendum on the city and its unabashedly liberal mayor, a message targeted to their power base upstate and on Long Island.

De Blasio helped broker the agreement, and since his election last year has pulled Democratic politics leftward from the course set by Governor Andrew Cuomo, a relative centrist who has gone out of his way to work with Skelos and the Republicans.

The talking points attack the Democratic platform of public financing for elections, changes to state abortion law that opponents say would open the door to regulations that could greatly expand the practice's surgical parameters, as well as the Dream Act, which would allow undocumented immigrants to utilize state tuition assistance programs.

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There were other references to “illegal immigrants.”

“Under Mayor de Blasio, the New York City Council is voting to give municipal identification cards to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants,” one talking point reads. “These ID cards will increase the potential for fraud and abuse, and pose security risks that will put law-abiding citizens in danger.”

“The Senate Democrats are even sponsoring a bill that would grant illegal immigrants the right to vote and serve on juries,” the document continues. “These are the kinds of policies the Mayor and Senate Democrats want to bring to other parts of the state.”

There are currently 29 Republican senators, including eight from Long Island, one from Staten Island and another representing the south Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst.

The talking points end by noting Democrats raised taxes when they held the Senate majority in 2009 and 2010, and struggled to remain united on key votes.

"Voters can make an informed decision: Do they support Bill de Blasio and a small, radical group of New York City people to run Long Island, or upstate or the Hudson Valley, or do they want leaders who understand local concerns and share our values?" the document concludes. "The far-left wants power for power’s sake, so they can force their radical and reckless agenda on the people of New York. Senate Republicans want to create meaningful opportunities so every New Yorker can reach their maximum potential and live out their dreams. It’s a fight for the heart of soul of New York, and we intend to take the battle to every corner and every region of this great state."