From the Strong Economy for All Coaltion comes this ad, targeting five Republican State Senators, urging them to pass a “millionaire’s tax.” The ad sounds like two rich guys happy that they can spend boatloads of extra money, thanks to opposition to this tax.
The ad does not make any mention of the Read More
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—State Senator Joe Robach returned my call to say he would be “interested” in becoming a committee chairman, but denied anything substantive had been offered.
“I had a loose discussion with someone on the floor the other week,” Robach, a Rochester Republican, told me by phone. “Nothing really formally has been discussed. It’s 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—Some pre-same-sex marriage Senate tea leaves:
Christine Quinn, the openly gay speaker of the New York City Council, is here. I snapped this photo of her near the Senate chamber, where she told me “I’m up here hopeful there will be a vote on marriage equality and that it will move the issue forward.” Read More
ALBANY—Just before 8 p.m. last night, the State Senate finally came into session to confirm several judges to their slots. Like most things the body does, it was not free of interparty rancor.
The first nominee was Richard Dollinger, a former Democratic senator and formerly failed judicial candidate from the Rochester Read More
ALBANY—The four amigos walked out of the office of State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. and onto the floor of the chamber—saying little, if anything—where an extraordinary session by David Paterson has been called for 3 p.m.
Republicans were there, too, and one handed me a letter that Espada, who Read More
ALBANY—News came from the governor's office that Rick Dollinger, a Rochester attorney, has been nominated to a $136,700-a-year court of claims judgeship.
Liz reminds us that Rick Dollinger was the man who, last fall, waged a bitter but ultimately unsuccessful campaign against State Senator Joe Robach for his $79,500-a-year seat.
Dollinger's Read More
State Senator Joe Robach will try again this week to move a bill he sponsored to explicitly prohibit housing discrimination against domestic-violence victims, despite what he says are efforts by Democrats controlling the chamber's majority to keep the bill off the floor.
"I think you have to ask them why they didn't think this was Read More