ALBANY—State Senator Darrel Aubertine seems okay with the idea of Republicans taking the chairmanships of several committees—even if it’s one he currently controls.
“There have been some discussions internally about the possibility of expanding senators’ roles in decision-making in the Senate; just being more inclusive and making sure everyone has a seat at the 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 of Read More
SARANAC LAKE—David Paterson said this is the lesson from Bill Owens’ win last night: Democrats can win anything.
“I thought it demonstrates a new way that the entire state is looking at candidates, and that the Democratic Party is demonstrating the type of responsibility I think both parties aspire to, but right now I 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 Neil Read More
CLIFTON PARK—Republicans are greeting the selection of Bill Owens, the newly minted Democratic candidate to replace John McHugh in Congress, with mockery.
"All of a sudden we've got to go out and get a non-party person to run on the Democratic ticket? I guess the question is, are they running away from their Read More
ALBANY—Unprompted, John T. Sullivan sent me an e-mail this morning.
"I know you already have me down as a B list candidate, so I can only assume that is because you know knowthing of my background, and experience. Let me try to correct that," he wrote.
And after I reached him on his cell phone, the Read More
ALBANY—There's still another week to jockey, but as a diarist on The Albany Project put it yesterday, the list of Democrats vying to replace John McHugh in Congress has lots of "uninspiring choices."
The A-list choice, State Senator Darrel Aubertine, bowed out. So did Assemblywoman Addie Russell, who has an (albeit newly Read More
ALBANY—Dan French, an attorney and former Congressional staffer, has become the latest Democrat to remove his name from consideration to replace John McHugh in Congress.
"While I intend to return to public service in the future, this is not the right time for me or my family," French just told me by phone. Read More
ALBANY—The Democratic field of prospective candidates to replace John McHugh in Congress is shrinking, with Assemblywoman Addie Russell saying she will not seek the party's nomination.
"There were many variables that I considered, including continuing my rewarding work on behalf of the people of the 118th River District as well as the upcoming Read More