Sweeney spokesman: Senate would vote to pursue subpoena power

The state Senate is prepared to pursue subpoena power over the Port Authority if the Assembly doesn’t vote to renew its investigating ability in the coming weeks.

A spokesman for Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) confirmed the Senate would vote to extend subpoena power over the Port Authority in the event the Assembly fails to vote to renew subpoena power in the upcoming legislative session.

The Assembly’s subpoena power over the Port Authority is set to expire and must be renewed in the upcoming session if lawmakers hope to continue to subpoena authority officials. Incoming Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) has yet to declare he would post the item for a vote, however the Assemblyman leading the charge into the Port Authority investigation said in recent days that he’s been in discussion with leadership on the matter.

The Sweeney spokesman, Chris Donnelly, said Sweeney would only pursue a vote in the upper chamber on subpoena power if the Assembly does not hold a vote.

A message left with Prieto was not immediately returned.

Sweeney spokesman: Senate would vote to pursue subpoena power