ALBANY—Democrats in the State Senate are acknowledging (at least temporary) rejection in their offer of three committee chairmanships to Republicans.
“We will not have a formal announcement this week but we will be making an announcement shortly about one of our proposals to create a more bi-partisan chamber,” said Austin Shafran, a Democratic Read More
ALBANY—Dean Skelos, the Republican leader in the State Senate, is putting the brakes on a Democratic proposal to give members of his conference committee chairmanships.
“Senator [John] Sampson’s proposal to appoint new chairs should be considered along with these other recommendations, by the bipartisan committee, before any action is taken,” Skelos said in a Read More
ALBANY—John Sampson and Dean Skelos, the leaders of their party’s respective conferences in the State Senate, met this morning to discuss the prospect of Republicans taking over the chairmanship of several committees, a Democratic spokesman said.
“Because the discussions are still ongoing, I cannot confirm the members of the committees,” said Austin Shafran, the spokesman, Read More
ALBANY—Today is the day of reckoning.
David Paterson just held a press conference to announce that, as he has threatened for two weeks, the state will delay a portion of payments to localities and school district because it doesn’t have enough cash to make them.
In total, $750 million will be stalled: Paterson said Read More
ALBANY—State Senator John Sampson got to do most of the back room negotiating over the deficit package. Senator Malcolm Smith gets to go to California.
Smith, a Queens Democrat, will leave tomorrow for a three-day forum of the National Conference of State Legislators in San Diego, his spokesman Austin Shafran said. Smith Read More
ALBANY—There’s a computer shortage in the State Senate because federal investigators seized over 100 terminals in connection with their investigation of former Majority Leader Joe Bruno, whose trial is now underway.
“Due to the allegations against former majority leader Joe Bruno, the feds confiscated a number of Senate computers, which left the Read More
ALBANY—A vote on same-sex marriage will be held “at a date not certain between now and the end of the year,” David Paterson just promised publicly.
“This is the first time the Senate leadership has indicated that it will support a vote on marriage equality,” Paterson said. He also committed to putting the bill Read More
ALBANY—The State Senate, which is not known for promptness, doesn’t seem eager to respond to David Paterson’s call for a special joint session during the second week of November.
“The Senate will return when there is an agreement,” Austin Shafran, a spokesman for the Democratic majority, said. “We are conducting bipartisan, statewide budget Read More
ALBANY—September has come and gone, and the State Senate still has not acted on same-sex marriage legislation. Advocates of the bill do not want to let October pass.
"The Senate needs to come back and debate this bill and have an up-and-down vote on this bill in October," Alan Van Capelle, executive director Read More
ALBANY—School governance legislation is in trouble.
A meeting last night between Senator John Sampson, the Democratic conference leader, and Senators Bill Perkins and Shirley Huntley with Deputy Mayors Kevin Sheekey and Dennis Walcott did not go well, a Democratic source said. Depending on the outcome of a Democratic conference scheduled for Read More