A former state senator from New York received considerable criticism after criticizing the Supreme Court decision declaring President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program unconstitutional. Former State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D) wrote about her existing debt despite living in a home valued at seven figures.
The former official wrote on Twitter that she still had a student loan balance of $206,000 more than a decade after graduating from Fordham Law School. The New York City-based private law school currently has an annual full-time tuition of more than $71,000 per year. Including fees and room and board, the estimated cost is more than $105,000 annually.
Biaggi, aged 37, lives in a wealthy community in a home valued at more than $1.1 million which includes an in-ground heated pool.
The former state senator moved to the new home as part of a 2022 congressional primary challenge against former Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY). She was endorsed in the race by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) but ultimately lost her bid.
Prior to attending Fordham University, she attended the private Loyola College and New York University for undergraduate studies. Prior to attending Fordham, she attended the private St. John’s University School of Law. Following graduation, she attended a program at Yale.
Following her graduation from law school, Biaggi served as Assistant General Counsel to then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) at a salary of almost $275,000. Biaggi then worked as a member of Hillary Clinton’s political campaign, then back to working for Cuomo prior to her election to the state senate.
Her grandfather was Rep. Mario Biaggi (D-NY) and her husband is a management consultant.
PRIVILEGE: Failed Congressional candidate Alessandra Biaggi @Biaggi4NY is complaining that American taxpayers aren't willing to pay off her student loans. Alessandra is the privileged granddaughter of a US Congressman. She struggled through four of the most expensive private… pic.twitter.com/NTy1xUuFWW
— @amuse (@amuse) June 30, 2023
This week, the Supreme Court ruled that Biden’s efforts to forgive more than $400 billion in student loan debts via executive action were unconstitutional.
Biden attempted to justify the action through the 2003 HEROES Act, intended originally to help members of the military deployed after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The president announced the plan last August, which was then almost immediately challenged in court by several states.