This isn’t what I expected: A Republican is defending union members.
Republican state Senate candidate, Lee Zeldin of Suffolk, is out with a statement opposing a furlough of state workers. The statement from Zeldin doesn’t lay out alternatives to the furlough–which Governor David Paterson has proposed in order to help close the state’s budget gap. Read More
ALBANY—Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos said that he expects any vote in the chamber regarding Hiram Monserrate, the Queens Democrat who was convicted last year of recklessly injuring his girlfriend, to be for expulsion.
“I think if it came to the floor for a vote, the vote will be expulsion,” Skelos told Fred Read More
ALBANY—John Sampson thinks, not unreasonably, that the State Senate needs a new look.
“We need to come out of the box in January and start to really pass some progressive and positive legislation because people have one characterization of us,” Sampson, the leader of the chamber’s Democratic conference, told reporters during an informal chat in Read More
It’s easy being in the majority, except when you’re expected to actually have to vote with them.
Brian Foley is a freshman Democrat who was elected to a Long Island district that, for decades, had been represented by Republican Casear Trunzo.
Normally, a Democrat from a marginal district could be forgiven (by Read More
ALBANY—It seems the State Senate Democrats are coalescing around a deficit reduction proposal–the question is whether it will be acceptable to everyone else.
“I said last night we’re only $200 million apart on a $3.2 billion DRP,” State Senator Liz Krueger said this morning. We’ve gone back in this morning with a number Read More
ALBANY—Who will speak for Hiram Monserrate? His amigos.
There are now five Democratic state senators either publicly calling Monserrate to resign or for the chamber to take what action it can to rebuke him: Liz Krueger (who was the first to call for Monserrate to resign) David Valesky, Darrel Aubertine, Brian Foley and Read More
Andrew Cuomo was joined by four
Senate Democrats Senators this morning on the steps of the Tweed Courthouse, where they unveiled a plan to create a 13-member board to oversee the state pension fund, a change from the current structure which is under the supervision of the state comptroller, Tom DiNapoli.
“People who want to Read More
ALBANY—There's news from Suffolk County that John J. Foley, the father of State Senator Brian Foley, has passed away. He was 90 and had been struggling with illness for several months.
Funeral arrangements have not been publicly announced. The State Senate is scheduled to return to session on Thursday; the younger Foley is Read More
ALBANY—There are now more Democrats living in State Senator Brian Foley's district, according to an analysis by his party's campaign committee, which should be welcome news for the freshman legislator.
Shams Tarek at the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee wrote to say that, according to a mid-July update of the voter file maintained by Read More
ALBANY—Not only have Democrats in the State Senate turned their back on Michael Bloomberg's vision of school governance legislation, they're mooning him.
Senators will act on a bill—called the "Better Schools Act"—that is stridently opposed by the mayor because it dilutes his influence over the school system by eliminating his ability Read More