Friday, May 04, 2012
As we saw with campaign finance, the Republican-controlled state Senate may be the place where issues close to Democrats' hearts, like the DREAM fund, go to die.
Friday, May 04, 2012
In a letter signed by female Democratic state senators to the senate's Republican majority leader, Dean Skelos, Senate Democrats accuse their Republican colleagues of waging the "war on women" here in New York.
Friday, April 20, 2012
The state Senate Democrats are holding a forum on hydrofracking—and they’d like Senate Republicans to join them. In a letter to the leader of Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, his counterpart in the Democratic minority, Senator John Sampson, invited Skelos and his fellow GOP members to join their colleagues to hear “expert testimony from environmental activists, economists and healthcare professionals.”
Friday, January 07, 2011
When Andrew Cuomo arrived in Albany, he threw open the doors to the governor's mansion and invited everyone in. Among the first to arrive was Martha Yourth, a retired state worker who dabbled in politics and lives just outside the capital.
"I loved the blue crystal chandelier in the dining room," Yourth said afterwards. "I'd love a chandelier like that. It's English crystal, I was told by the curator. But it was just a beautiful sea blue, and I've never seen that before. I would have liked to have taken a little sample of that with me. But as one of the staff pointed out 'how would we pay for it?'"
The question prompted by Yourth's trip to the governor's mansion — "How would we pay for it?" — is the big question mark looming over the head of the new governor.
Monday, July 12, 2010
State Senator Thomas Morahan, who represented parts of Rockland and Orange Counties, has died at age 78 after a six-month battle with leukemia.
A Bronx native, Morahan was elected to the state Senate in 1999. He is probably best known for successfully advocating for Timothy's Law, which requires insurers to provide more mental health coverage.
The absence of Morahan from the Senate isn't likely to impact the current session, since 32 votes are needed to pass legislation, and he was a stalwart member of the Republican minority.
Running to replace Morahan -- who was not seeking re-election -- are Rockland County Exec Scott Vanderhoef and 29-year-old town clerk David Carlucci.
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos issued statement on the passing of Morahan:
I am deeply saddened by the loss of Senator Tom Morahan, a tireless and dedicated public servant, but more importantly a great and valued personal friend. His accomplishments as a Senator, ranging from his fight to stop the commuter tax, to his efforts to help the mentally disabled, are only exceeded by his accomplishments as a father, husband and friend.
One of his lasting legacies was his insistence on bipartisanship and non-partisanship in state government, and he strived to achieve that and succeeded in doing so more times than not.
Tom was a champion for the mentally disabled and their families, as well as to all of his constituents in Rockland County and the lower Hudson Valley. And he was working for them right to the end.
Tom's hard work, his strong personality and his charm will never be forgotten by the countless thousands of people who were fortunate enough to call him their friend.
He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Helen, his daughters, and the rest of his family at this difficult time.
Monday, June 14, 2010
By Karen DeWitt : NYS Public Radio/WXXI
Republican senators say government will not be shut down when the state’s temporary budget extenders expire later today, and indicate that they will provide enough votes to help Democrats keep things running.