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New State Senate Leadership Focuses on Sandy Recovery

Monday, December 10, 2012

From left to right: State Senators Jack Martins, Joseph dabbo, Malcolm Smith, GOP Leader Deab Skelos, IDC Leader Jeffrey Klein, Diane Savino and Andrew Lanza. From left to right: State Senators Jack Martins, Joseph dabbo, Malcolm Smith, GOP Leader Deab Skelos, IDC Leader Jeffrey Klein, Diane Savino and Andrew Lanza. (Colby Hamilton/WNYC)

The new co-leaders of the state Senate had a kind of unveiling party on Rockaway Beach on Monday when former Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Democratic Senator Jeff Klein launched a bipartisan Sandy recovery task force.

Touring damage that is still in evidence in Far Rockaway, Queens, on Monday, Skelos and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein announced the creation of a bipartisan Task Force on Sandy Recovery.

"If Hurricane Sandy has taught us anything it's that we're at our best when we're working side by side together, for the common interest and welfare of all New Yorkers," Klein said.

Side by side. Bipartisan. Cooperation. These are the keywords for the coalition that will see Klein and Skelos sharing the powers of the chamber's leader. They've even gone so far as to alternate who will physically lead the chamber proceedings every two weeks.

Klein, who was credited with launching the task force, said he expects it will also look at the performance of state utility companies in the wake of the storm, which he hoped would hold "gas and utility companies responsible for a lack of preparation and clear failures to fulfill their obligations to paying customers."

The Task Force's job will be threefold: to identify the areas most in need, review storm planning policy for improvement and to develop legislature based on the findings of other task forces launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

This will be the first test of the coalition government of the state senate that was announced last week.

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Comments [2]

M. Saks from Virginia

There doesn't seem to be any area where Sandy didn't destroy, decimate, or disrupt.I recently mentioned the damage to the ports alone on my blog

-autohauler

http://autohauling.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-road-to-recovery-in-northeast.html

Dec. 12 2012 11:47 AM
leila ewing from norwich ny

i am concerned with our womens rights as the republicancs are at it again in michigan taking away our rightsaside with the with the union rights i saw it on wnbc

Dec. 11 2012 06:36 PM

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