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De Blasio Calls NY GOP Wins an “Aberration”

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

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New York City mayor told newly emboldened Republicans in the State Senate to challenge his progressive agenda "at their own peril."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Challenge in NYS 24th Senate District

Friday, September 05, 2014

Oliver Koppell talks about decision to challenge incumbent senator Jeff Klein, leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, to represent the 24th Senate District in New York.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Meet the Candidates: Senate District 31

Friday, September 05, 2014

Sen. Espaillat and his challenger in the Democratic primary, Robert Jackson, talk about the issues in the West Side/Inwood district.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Primer for the Primaries

Monday, August 25, 2014

In just about two weeks, New Yorkers vote in the Democratic gubernatorial primary and other races. Here's what you need to know about the candidates.

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WNYC News

National Pro-Choice Group Backs Four NY Senate Candidates

Monday, July 14, 2014

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Emily's List, the powerhouse D.C. political action committee, is throwing its weight behind three incumbents and one challenger — all women — to help Democrats take control of the state senate. The early money could lead to the senate's first female majority leader. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Albany's Crunch Week

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

With the state budget deadline looming, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York State Senator (D-35) and Democratic conference leader, discusses the process and her party's priorities, including pre-K funding and public campaign financing, and a new chance for the state Dream Act.

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Schoolbook

Senate Takes Aim at De Blasio's Power Over Charters

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Senate leaders are seeking to protect charter schools in the state budget by giving them more funds, and by preventing Mayor Bill de Blasio from charging them rent to stay inside city public school buildings. Actions to help the charters appear to have some support from Governor Andrew Cuomo but the state's Assembly Speaker is not on board.

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Schoolbook

NY Senate Leader Pushes de Blasio's Pre-K Plan

Sunday, January 05, 2014

New York State Senate co-leader Jeff Klein is trying to build momentum in Albany for Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to fund universal pre-kindergarten in New York City.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Christie's Choice; and New Jersey Primary Day

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Mike Kelly, columnist at The Record of New Jersey, talks about a contentious State Senate race in today's primary, plus what Governor Christie's options are for an empty Senate seat.

→ Update: Christie has announced a special election for October, and will appoint an interim senator soon. More from the WNYC newsroom.

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WNYC News

Names Revealed of Electeds Recorded in Corruption Probe

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

A federal judge has unsealed the names of elected officials recorded on a wire by ex-state Sen. Shirley Huntley — including six sitting state Senators and one current Councilman.

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WNYC News

Controversy Over Access Overshadows Senate Hearing

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

A hearing by Senate Republicans on New York City’s public campaign financing system was overshadowed by protests, as government reform groups and other members of the public were denied entry, and noisy protests ensued.

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WNYC News

NY Senate Passes Some Budget Bills While Assembly Waits

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The New York State Senate held a rare Sunday session at the Capitol, in an attempt to get the state budget finished on time in the midst of major religious holidays.

 

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WNYC News

Jeff Klein: The Bronx Democrat Keeping the GOP in Power

Friday, December 21, 2012

State Senator Jeff Klein used to be a party loyalist.  He became a State Senator by arguing his opponent was too cozy with Republicans. But now, Klein's the one who's teaming up with the GOP.

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The Empire

Duane to NYC: 'I Want To Come Home'

Monday, June 04, 2012

New York state Senator Thomas Duane, the Senate's first openly gay man, says he's coming home.

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Assemblyman Jeffries on the Albany Finals

Monday, June 20, 2011

If we are going to permit marriage equality for same sex couples, it seems to me somewhat problematic if we're then going to turn around and impose restrictions on the ability for those same sex married couples to raise children looking for a loving home.

— New York State Assemblyman representing central Brooklyn Hakeem Jeffries (D-57) on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Empire

Sampson: 'people will just stab you in the back'

Thursday, January 13, 2011

State Senate Minority Leader John Sampson's interview on NY1 last night is worth watching. He lashes out at his former deputy, Jeff Klein, who broke away and founded the Independent Democratic Caucus.

"He said he had called me. Didn't call me once. Didn't pick up the phone and call me so we can deal with these issues," Sampson said in a moderate tone that only grew more animated over the five-minute clip.

Sampson went on to say, "there's nothing wrong with being independent. We have independent people in our caucus." Sampson also noted "the most independent Democrat in our caucus is Senator Ruben Diaz. But he chose not to leave the conference."

Sampson then goes on the attack, suggesting the defectors are less then loyal to the Democratic party.

"The question is, is it about being independent or about the powers and the perks?" asked Sampson. "You're getting an office. You're working with the republicans to get an office. you're working with the Republicans to get allocations. You're working with the Republicans to get chairmanships."

Sampson excused defector Dave Vallesky, since the upstate Democrat told Sampson earlier that he couldn't vote for him as leader, saying it was "an issue" back in his district.

As for freshman David Carlucci, Sampson was not as forgiving. "How can he have any dissatisfaction when he never sat one day with us in the chamber?"

Sampson admits he may have a "fault" in maintaining an open-door policy, because, "at the end of the day, instead of getting any credit, people will just stab you in the back."

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First Impressions: Cuomo and the State Senate

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

We’re spending about a billion dollars a week on Medicaid, so when you have a 10 billion dollar deficit, anyone who thinks we’re going to somehow walk away from this problem without touching Medicaid is divorcing themselves from reality.

John J. Flanagan, Republican State Senator from Suffolk County

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Will Six Latinos Be Amigos or a Minority Pain for NY Senate Dems?

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

One crucial point has been lost in the hoopla of the Republicans recapturing the title of 'Ringmasters of the Circus’ by a 32-30 majority. It is that for the first time in New York State history, there will be six Latino senators serving within the 62-member legislative body.

The number six by itself is actually insignificant. However, if these six Democrats – four Puerto Ricans and two Dominicans – unite on any one issue, they could collectively become a royal pain for the embarrassed and scrambling Democrats.

Gerson Borrero is a columnist for El Diario La Prensa and blogs at borreroreport.com.

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WNYC News

In State Senate, Likely GOP Majority Could Help Cuomo

Monday, December 06, 2010

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.

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Transportation Nation

NY Governor-Elect Cuomo: Transit Money "Fungible"

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)  It's been a bit of an unhealed wound for transit advocates -- the redirection last year of some $160 million in revenue collected by the NYC MTA to New York State's General Fund.  Facing its own multi-billion budget gap, the state Senate helped itself to some $160 million in dedicated revenues for transit, driving the MTA's budget gap to $800 million and helping bring about the most severe transit cuts in more than a generation. At a press conference today announcing an environmental settlement, New York Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo was asked if he'd do the same.  Here's his answer:

Cuomo: "I understand the concern. Everyone -- especially in a declining budget environment, where we are now, everyone -- we just met with the environmental groups. They're very concerned that nobody raids the funds that should be going to the environment.

"People who are involved in transit want to make sure nobody raids the funds that are involved in mass transit.  I understand the concerns, and that's the balance of putting together the budget."

REPORTER: That means you're not committed to allowing the money --

Cuomo: "You can't say -- money is fungible to a certain extent. There are a lot of needs the state has to fund and it's the balancing of those needs that will be done through the budget process."

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