Monday, December 06, 2010
By Bob Hennelly
New York Republicans are a step closer to getting a lock on the State Senate majority. Over the weekend, a judicially supervised recount gave a slim margin of victory to a GOP challenger from Long Island, giving Republicans a 32-30 edge in the upper house come January.
Friday, November 12, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
Democrats trail in two out of three undetermined State Senate races, according to the latest numbers from the ongoing canvassing, Senate Democratic spokesman Austin Shafran said.
According to Shafran:
Incumbent Democrat Craig Johnson trails by 427 votes.
Incumbent Democrat Suzi Oppenheimer leads by 504 votes. 2,455 absentee and 1,070 affidavit ballots remain uncounted.
Incumbent Democrat Antoine Thompson trails by 597 votes. 2,700 absentee ballots have yet to be counted.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
State Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs seems to have accepted the loss of a State Senator Craig Johnson's seat. Jacobs told Newsday:
"The fact that Carolyn McCarthy pushed back a significant challenge is very important. Yes, we did lose Craig Johnson, it looks like, though for that race we supplied volunteers and did everything requested. "
Johnson trails by about 415 votes, with 3,300 absentee ballots yet to be counted.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
Former State Comptroller Alan Hevesi left office in late 2006 after admitting to having state employees chauffeur his ailing wife, without reimbursing the state. This morning, he may, or may not, plead guilty in another scandal.
A Democratic state senator from Long Island is using news of today's possible deal to highlight a bill stuck in Albany that would strip away public pensions from public officials who are convicted of corruption.
The state senator, Craig Johnson, said in a public statement that New Yorkers "are victimized again each time these bad actors cash their pension checks."
Hevesi is collecting a $105,221 pension.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
By Richard Yeh : Producer, WNYC News
New York Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith says his Democratic caucus has a "framework" for an agreement on Governor Paterson's MTA rescue plan that would minimize fare hikes and service cuts. Last night he met with Long Island senators Craig Johnson and Brian Foley, who had been holding out on the plan.
Foley says one of the things that won him over was Smith's insistence on better oversight of the MTA, including a financial audit.
FOLEY: "If an when the forensic audit is completed, which will show the real expenses and real revenues for the MTA, that then we're gonna be able to make additional adjustments to the payroll tax and other payments that go to the MTA."
Foley and Johnson had been holding out primarily over the payroll tax in Paterson's plan. The governor has sought to placate suburban lawmakers with a proposal to reimburse school districts for the tax. It's not clear if they will instead push to exempt schools from the tax entirely.
Others, including Mayor Bloomberg, complain that though Paterson's plan would avert fare hikes and service cuts, it does nothing to address the agency's long-term capital needs. Paterson says the legislature may take up the capital plan later this year.
PATERSON: "The capital plan is not the issue if you are going over the bridges and the tolls are going up 30 percent, and if you live in a place where there'll be no service at all -- which is going to be the case if we don't address it -- that is the most immediate problem."