The Democratic Socialists of America-NYC is pushing to put up or back a slate of City Council candidates who, if elected, would create a "socialist caucus."
The overwhelmingly Democratic council is vulnerable next year to the left-of-left push with 35 out of 51 council seats up for grabs due to term limits. Only 16 council members can run for re-election.
The strategy is detailed in a 13-page "tasks and perspectives" strategic planning document that will be reviewed by DSA members this week.
A litmus test for candidates to obtain the DSA endorsement is a pledge to "defund" the NYPD — slashing the police budget by $3 billion or 50 percent.
The DSA also push the state Legislature to tax the rich to help fund the Green New Deal and New York Health Act, legislation that would create a government-run, single-payer health insurance system.
They want to use the COVID-related housing crisis to "cancel" rent, thus squeezing landlords of revenue and forcing them to give up their properties and "exit the market" — and have the state acquire the properties and convert them to public housing.