Democrats in the state Senate on Thursday in a series of posts on Twitter spoke up in defense of their six colleagues from Long Island, who are the subject of an online video comparing them to the defunct Independent Democratic Conference.

For Senate Democrats, the comparison by New York Communities for Change was considered not just unfair, but inaccurate: The IDC had aligned itself with Republicans in the state Senate, giving the GOP conference buffer to maintain power. The victories of the Long Island Democrats in the 2018 elections enabled the party’s first majority in a decade and a flood of long-sought legislation.

It was those successes Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins referenced in her tweet, releasing a graphic of the measures for abortion rights, rent control and tenant protections and provisions meant to make it easier to vote.

“The united @NYSenDems Majority accomplished great things this year,” Stewart-Cousins wrote on Twitter. “We protected and expanded rights for millions of New Yorkers. We won’t allow unfair, baseless attacks to divide us. Together, we will build on our progressive accomplishments & will keep moving New York forward.”

Sen. Mike Gianaris, the Queens Democrat who leads the party’s fundraising arm, agreed.

“For years, the IDC prevented these things from happening. Our new Democratic majority got them done – with every single one of our members playing an important part,” he posted.

“We were a unified conference during this last session and will remain so going forward. We will not be divided.”

Sen. Liz Krueger, a prominent progressive within the Democratic conference, also defended the Long Island Democrats.

“I don’t agree w/my LI colleagues on everything, but having lived through years of IDC collaboration with Republicans, there is no comparison. We passed many progressive bills with their support, including the Reproductive Health Act, GENDA, and the Farmworker Bill of Rights,” she wrote.

“Even when we disagreed, their support for Leader Stewart-Cousins allowed us to move a host of other bills, including the strongest tenant protections NY has ever seen. The IDC supported Republicans – my colleagues from Long Island support Democrats. The difference is clear.”

Other voices of defense came from Democratic Sens. Gustavo Rivera and James Skoufis.

At the moment, the criticism of the “Long Island Six” leveled by New York Communities for Change in its view — highlighting the lawmakers’ donations from real estate interests — hasn’t spread to additional progressive organizations that have been prominent in Democratic primaries.