Assembly Conferences Settle on Leaders, Senate Conferences Don’t

ALBANY—As legislators grappled on Monday night to position themselves on David Paterson’s proposed cuts, some conferences also re-elected their leaders.

Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, a Republican from Schenectady, was unanimously appointed to another two-year term in charge of his conference, which he has led since 2005.

“Having the privilege to serve as their leader – and advance the policies and principles of our conference – is a responsibility that I take very seriously,” Tedisco said in a press release.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was also re-elected – unanimously – as head of his conference. “It was close – one nothing,” he joked.

But when Newsday Bureau Chief James Madore asked Dean Skelos Monday evening if his conference had voted, he said “no.” Then he added: “I’m very confident that I will be the majority leader next year.”

Quite a claim, given the turmoil that still grips the chamber.

Assembly Conferences Settle on Leaders, Senate Conferences Don’t