Breslin Hopes for More Fairness, Democrats

ALBANY—It's Neil Breslin's sixth swearing-in ceremony as a state senator, but he sees it as the first in a new era.

"The chamber has not been presided over by Democrats, except for 1965, since the 1930s. It is my hope that there will be a new degree of fairness," Breslin said in brief remarks in the Senate chamber. "And I hope a new degree of collegiality."

Breslin's ceremony was much more low-key than yesterday's ceremony for Representative Paul Tonko and several assemblymen. He took the oath of office from his older brother, Michael, who is the Albany County executive. Breslin Hopes for More Fairness, Democrats