ALBANY—The State Senate decided, on ethics reform, that no loaf was better than half.
Members of the chamber failed–along party lines, with Republicans voting against–to pass a bill requiring more enforcement by government watchdogs, prompting Democrats to lay aside another bill passed by the Assembly.
On the chamber floor, Republicans attacked a chapter amendment introduced Read More
ALBANY—Debate over the budget has begun in the State Senate without any sign of Senator Ruth Hassell-Thomspon, who was taken to the hospital earlier today.
"Debate has started, and we expect Senator Hassell-Thompson will be here to vote on the budget," said Austin Shafran, a spokesman for Majority Leader Malcolm Smith.
As the Read More
ALBANY—State Senator John DeFrancisco, who until this year chaired the chamber's Judiciary Committee, will now serve as the ranking member on the Finance Committee, a Senate source confirmed.
A longtime Capitol observer in the audience at this morning's budget hearings pointed out that John DeFrancisco was the Republican sitting closest to the center, Read More