The progressive wave crashed into the state Senate Thursday as Democratic primary voters across the city elected a slate of liberal insurgents who challenged a caucus of moderates once allied with Republicans.
The toll included the mastermind and former head of the now-disbanded Independent Democratic Conference, Bronx Sen. Jeff Klein, who was once one of the most powerful politicians in the state.
“I mean, I feel like we out-hustled him, and it’s proving people are more powerful than money,” Alessandra Biaggi told The Post after vanquishing the 14-year veteran.
“This is just the beginning. This is just the beginning.”
All told, six incumbents — including five former IDC members — lost, a stunning development in a state where incumbents typically breeze to re-election.
The IDC broke from the main Democratic caucus in the Senate and for years helped cement control GOP control of the body.
Liberal activists saw the arrangement nothing short of traitorous, and it fueled their primary challenges.
“New York politics changed forever tonight,” boasted Bill Lipton, director of the left-leaning Working Families Party. “The center of gravity has shifted, and Andrew Cuomo will face a radically different Albany.”
In Manhattan, Robert Jackson toppled incumbent Sen. Marisol Alcantara in a 17-point victory.
Across the East River, Alcantara’s fellow incumbents also fell.
Zellnor Myrie steamed past Sen. Jesse Hamilton in Brooklyn.
In Queens, Jessica Ramos scored an easy 10-point win over Sen. Jose Peralta, and former city Comptroller John Liu inched past Sen. Tony Avella.
Brooklyn voters also opted to dump party-machine veteran Sen. Martin Dilan for Julia Salazar, despite misstatements about her background that made headlines.
The only member of disbanded IDC to escape the slaughter was Staten Island’s Diane Savino, who cruised to re-election.
Additional reporting by Sydney Denmark, Cedar Attanasio, Elizabeth Rosnerand Shari Logan
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