Governor David Paterson has promised to put same-sex marriage on the agenda when he calls lawmakers back to Albany for a special session to deal with business left undone since the coup back in June.
“Marriage equality will be on the calendar,” Paterson told an audience at the Empire State Pride Agenda’s annual fund-raiser Read More
After the Democratic Party’s unity rally for Bill Thompson on Sunday, the campaign sent out a list of supporters that included a name I hadn’t seen on there before: Tom Duane.
Duane, the state senator from Chelsea, didn’t attend the event, but has officially come out in support of Thompson, a fellow Democrat.
Duane was Read More
Democratic members in the State Senate are meeting now at 250 Broadway to discuss the "framework" of a deal on school governance, sources said.
As The Times reported, the deal would mirror proposals the conference put on the table last week. Senators would pass a bill that has already cleared the Assembly—a Read More
In his second and final campaign event of the evening of July 20, Michael Bloomberg visited a steaming hot volunteer headquarters in Riverdale, where he talked about his attempts to narrow the achievement gap between minority and white students.
He was troubled.
“People said you couldn’t do anything about it in the last Read More
ALBANY—Sunday's extraordinary session of the still-chaotic State Senate was really extraordinary for one reason only: The Democrats set a new speed record of one minute, 55 seconds between gaveling in and gaveling out. They then returned to closed-door negotiations that, according to those involved, did not produce any agreement.
David Paterson called the Read More
ALBANY—State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., an outspoken critic of same-sex marriage, said that putting it on the agenda for the special session will get him "back to the ring."
"As you know, I have been a soldier in the fight, in the control fight," Diaz just told me. "I have been keeping myself Read More
Here’s Hiram Monserrate this morning at the National Action Network, talking about his decision to return to the Democratic caucus.
At the event, Monserrate likened himself to Jesus, who “began to turn over a few tables” in order “to get the people’s business done right.”
Monserrate went on to say that “if it cost my Read More
John Sampson arrived at 250 Broadway for a meeting of Democratic State Senators about 30 minutes ago, flanked by Bill Perkins of Harlem and Eric Adams of Brooklyn.
Sampson didn’t say much to the reporters gathered out here.
Jeff Klein arrived by car with Diane Savino, and said he wants the Democrats to maintain Read More
State Senator Tom Duane has reportedly entertained the idea of aligning with Republicans in the State Senate in exchange for them bringing same-sex marriage legislation to the floor for a vote.
The fact that he's even considering an alliance with Republicans is a striking turnaround. During a November 28 forum last year Read More
ALBANY—Democratic State Senator Tom Duane has not "jumped ship," his counsel insisted.
Mark Furnish told me just now in a Capitol hallway that while Duane remains in his hotel and has been there, hunkered down, since a coup in his chamber Monday, he remains a loyal member of the Democratic conference.
Earlier, I Read More