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Impasse Between Cuomo and Senate on Gun Measures

Monday, January 07, 2013

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republicans in the Senate remain at an impasse over gun control legislation — just two days before the State of the State address. Meanwhile, the State Comptroller says he’s thinking of divesting the state’s pension fund from investments in gun manufacturers.

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WNYC News

Cuomo, Legislature Talk about Gun Control Legislation

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo is in talks with legislative leaders on a gun control package that he could introduce as part of his State of the State message on January 9.

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WNYC News

New Senate Dem Leader ‘Expects’ to Be Part of Budget Talks

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Newly elected Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins says she feels a great sense of “responsibility,” having finally broken a barrier as the first female legislative leader in state history.

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WNYC News

Cuomo Begins Outlining Agenda for Next Year

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he wants backing from the State Senate on a number of issues he’s dubbed his “litmus test,” including raising the minimum wage and reforming New York City’s stop-and-frisk policies, as well as campaign finance reform. 

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WNYC News

New State Senate Leadership Focuses on Sandy Recovery

Monday, December 10, 2012

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.

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WNYC News

Klein: New Senate Coalition Can Be More Effective than Just Dems

Thursday, December 06, 2012

The new co- leader of the Senate, Senator Jeff Klein, says he knows the new coalition of five Democrats and around 30 Republicans will have to prove itself in the coming months and deliver on key pieces of legislation, but he says they stand a better chance of success than if just the Democrats alone were in charge of the Senate.

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WNYC News

GOP, 'Independent Dems' Announce Coalition Government

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

The leadership fight in the State Senate has been resolved, with a break-away Democratic faction joining with Republicans to form a new governing coalition that involves sharing the title of Temporary President of the Senate. 

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WNYC News

Cuomo Offers Support to GOP State Senator Who Lost Primary

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has crossed party lines and offered a political endorsement to Republican Senator Roy McDonald, who lost a primary this month after voting to support same sex marriage.

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WNYC News

Cuomo Says ‘Extremists' Challenged Pro-Gay Marriage GOP Senators in Primary

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

WXXI

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s “elated” that a Republican Senator who voted for gay marriage in New York has won his primary election — but expressed concern for another GOP Senator who has apparently lost his contest because of his vote on the issue.

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GOP State Senators Who Supported Gay Marriage in Primary Cliffhangers

Friday, September 14, 2012

WNYC

Two New York Republican state senators who supported gay marriage last year are in virtual ties with their GOP opponents in vote counts from Thursday's primaries. 

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Transportation Nation

Truck Safety Mirror Measure Passes NY State Senate

Monday, May 23, 2011

A crossover mirror on the hood of a city sanitation truck, as viewed from the driver's seat.  (Photo by: Jim O'Grady.)

(New York, NY - Jim O'Grady, WNYC) The New York State Senate passed a bill today that would require special safety mirrors on the hoods of some trucks that use city streets.

The so-called crossover mirrors attach to both sides of the hood and allow drivers to spot pedestrians ordinarily hidden by the front of the truck. On Friday, Mayor Bloomberg announced his support for the bill at a street corner press conference in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where a woman and her daughter were struck and killed by a van in 1994.

"The mirrors cost on average about a hundred bucks," Bloomberg said. "And when you compare to what it costs for a full tank of gas for these trucks, about 400 dollars, you'll see that it is not prohibitively expensive and it really is a great investment for our safety."

The bill would apply to New York State trucking companies that send vehicles into the five boroughs. Trucks used by city agencies already use the mirrors.

Kendra Adams, president of The New York State Motor Truck Association said a better solution would be installing mirrors at intersections to give all drivers a better view of pedestrians. "Trucks account for only four percent of curbside injuries in the city," she said. "We support and practice safety."

The bill now moves to the New York State Assembly.

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Transportation Nation

BREAKING: Deal to save LI Bus

Friday, April 01, 2011

This just in:

We'll have more in a bit.

MTA, NASSAU COUNTY, STATE SENATE ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT
TO SAVE LONG ISLAND BUS SERVICE

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Nassau County and State Senate Republicans, lead by Senator Charles Fuschillo (R, Merrick) and Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), today announced an agreement to stave off proposed cuts to Long Island Bus that would have affected more than half of the bus routes in  Nassau County.

“We have heard from many of our constituents that depend on Long Island Bus services to get to work, school or go shopping,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said. “They are very concerned that if these cuts go through, they will have no other way to get around.  Fortunately, we were able to reach an agreement to avert the cuts and prevent any disruption in service. I want to thank Senator Fuschillo and Senator Martins for their leadership in responding to this issue.”

“A number of communities in Nassau County would have lost bus service entirely, leaving riders who live and work in those communities with no alternative way to get to their homes or jobs,” Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, said.  “Riders are tired of hearing about problems, they want to hear solutions and we were happy to finally achieve a solution.  I’m pleased that we were able to work together with the MTA and Nassau County to prevent the harmful service cuts as well as avoid layoffs.”

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The MTA proposed cutting 27 of the 48 Long Island Bus routes this summer due to a lack of funding.  The cuts would have impacted about 16,000 riders. The MTA was scheduled to vote on service cuts at its April board meeting.  Several hundred Long Island Bus riders attended a public hearing at Hofstra University last week to express their concerns over the service cuts.

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Transportation Nation

NY Senate Majority Leader: MTA Needs a Balanced Capital Plan

Friday, January 28, 2011

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) It's a very, very thin thread, but the new Republican majority leader of the New York State Senate told a group of New York business leaders this morning:

"Another way we can create jobs is through smart investments in our transportation infrastructure. New York needs a balanced multi-year capital plan for both the MTA and the roads and bridges in New York State," Dean Skelos (R-Long Island) told the Association for a Better New York breakfast this morning.

His comments could be meaningless or anodyne -- or they could me he doesn't mean do what the (then Democratic-led) legislature did last year, which was  to repurpose $140 million in revenue that was supposed to go to the MTA to fill the state's own budget needs.

As we reported here earlier, Governor Cuomo has not committed to keep MTA funding for the MTA -- he's  said all budget money is fungible.

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