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—Malcolm Smith is supposed to leave the top post in the State Senate with the New Year. But nothing in the chamber is ever that easy.
Smith, a Queens Democrat who was
“He’s like an ambassador for the State Senate,” said his spokesman, Austin Shafran. He added that Smith and Sampson “have an outstanding 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 is a small sign on the wall of the cramped, third-floor Capitol office that state senators walk by on their way to closed-door sessions. It proclaims the “theme of the week,” a mix of sarcasm and inspiration set by the Senate president Malcolm Smith. On Monday, it read, “Divine Intervention.”
“I’m a man Read More
ALBANY—Here’s David Paterson’s dance: he knows he’s not going to do any better than the $2.8 billion deficit reduction package legislators have agreed to, but he has to attack it so he can keep up his message that he’s a fiscal hawk, and tamer of the unruly legislature.
“I would not describe it Read More
ALBANY—Sources in both the Senate and Assembly say the leaders of those chambers have agreed to pass a deficit-reduction plan of around $2.85 billion that does not contain mid-year school aid cuts but does contain some cuts to healthcare. It will also contain lots of tricks and one-shot actions, some of which David Read More
ALBANY—John Sampson, the leader of the Democratic conference in the State Senate, was asked if he felt New York truly faces a cash squeeze in December.
“You know, it’s very important that we deal with the economic crisis the way it is. We just have to deal with it, whether it happens in a couple Read More
ALBANY—Sheldon Silver’s Turkey is sweet and unroasted.
“I enjoy Thanksgiving by getting a Baskin-Robbins turkey-shaped ice cream cake,” the Assembly speaker said yesterday. “My children don’t like turkey.”
State Senator John Sampson, the leader of that chamber’s Democratic conference, told reporters yesterday on the floor that “I don’t eat Turkey,” and said Read More
ALBANY—David Paterson has succeeded in uniting the State Senate.
“As I said, Leader Sampson and I have been working very well together, we will continue to do that,” Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos said in a joint scrum with Democratic Senate Leader John Sampson on the chamber floor. “We just need the governor to Read More
ALBANY—Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver refused to rule out a two-way agreement with David Paterson to act on the state’s budget deficit.
“My members would like to, and we do agree with the governor that it’s a serious situation and we have to make serious cuts, and nobody likes to make serious cuts to anything Read More