Andrew Cuomo Gives Subtle Boost to Possible Jeff Klein Challenge

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Photo: Governor's Office/Flickr)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Photo: Governor’s Office/Flickr)

Just call him AG.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today pumped up Oliver Koppell’s potential challenge of State Senator Jeff Klein, the co-majority leader of the State Senate.

Asked by a reporter for his thoughts about “Assemblyman Koppell’s” potential bid–Mr. Koppell is a former Bronx assemblyman, councilman and one-time attorney general–Mr. Cuomo referred to the ex-lawmaker by his highest title, attorney general, and said Mr. Koppell was heeding “good advice” by waiting until April to decide whether to pull the trigger. Continue reading “Andrew Cuomo Gives Subtle Boost to Possible Jeff Klein Challenge”

Koppell Waiting for Budget Before Deciding on Klein Challenge

Oliver Koppell. (Photo: Facebook)
Oliver Koppell. (Photo: Facebook)

In one of the most high-profile potential primary contests this year, ex-Councilman Oliver Koppell is waiting until the budget season is over before making a final decision on whether he’ll challenge State Senator Jeff Klein. Continue reading “Koppell Waiting for Budget Before Deciding on Klein Challenge”

Malcolm Smith Stripped of Committee, Leadership Perks After Arrest

State Sen. Malcolm Smith's office. (Photo: Bill Hammond)
State Sen. Malcolm Smith’s office. (Photo: Bill Hammond)

That was fast.

Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeffrey Klein effectively booted Senator Malcolm Smith from his breakaway Democratic caucus this afternoon, stripping him of his leadership position and all committee assignments in the wake of charges that he took part in an alleged bribery scheme.

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Diane Savino Discusses Campaign Finance, Diversity and Who She Won’t Work With

Diane Savino (Photo: NYSenate.gov)
Diane Savino (Photo: NYSenate.gov)

Governor Andrew Cuomo has made it absolutely clear that the new Senate leadership coalition between the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference and and the Republicans will draw his ire if they do not support certain items on his agenda. Yesterday, we noted that it seemed the IDC and the governor might not be seeing eye-to-eye on one of the item on the governor’s “litmus test” for the coalition, campaign finance reform. Last night, we received a call from one of the five IDC members, State Senator Diane Savino, seeking to clarify the conference’s position on the issue. She also discussed the IDC’s goal, the racial controversies that have dogged the group and revealed the one person she’s not sure she’d allow to join the conference.

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Governor Cuomo Warns State Senate Coalition

Governor Andrew Cuomo threw down the gauntlet on the new State Senate leadership coalition between the Republicans and the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference with a stern warning for them to support all of his agenda items that he has declared his “litmus test” for the group on Fred Dicker’s radio show this morning. Mr. Cuomo drew his line in the sand when the host asked about indications the new coalition might be hesitant to back all of the agenda items on the governor’s list. Mr. Cuomo, who has taken some heat from progressives for not doing more to oppose the coalition and back Democratic control of the Senate chamber, made it clear his tolerance for the group will cease if they don’t pass his test.

“If that’s true, then we’re going to have a problem Fred and we’re going to have a problem sooner rather than later,” said the governor. Continue reading “Governor Cuomo Warns State Senate Coalition”

Union Backs GOP Coalition With Breakaway Senate Dems

(Photo: Wikimedia)
(Photo: Wikimedia)

Yesterday afternoon, the course of the New York State Senate was altered when a faction of the on-paper Democratic majority announced they would instead form a power-sharing agreement with the Republicans, equally splitting control of the chamber in an “unprecedented” fashion. Although labor has been wary of the situation thus far, seemingly preferring Democratic rule, Transport Workers Union Local 100 called the new coalition-style government “the best possible option” for the state.

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State Senate Unveils ‘Unprecedented Agreement’ to Share Power Between GOP, Breakaway Dems

Dean Skelos. (Photo: Facebook)
Dean Skelos. (Photo: Facebook)

It’s a particularly wild week in Albany, and in a surprise announcement, five members of of the “Independent Democratic Conference” have joined their Republican counterparts to form a “historic bipartisan partnership,” even as the Democrats protest the situation by pointing to their on-paper majority in the chamber. The IDC, whose numbers expanded today with Democratic Senator Malcolm Smith joining their ranks, had hinted at a bipartisan coalition of some kind, but only now have the details of this arrangement emerged.

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