At the historic Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan, New York NOW earned its second New York State Broadcasters Award in three years as it took home the hardware for “Best Public Affairs Program.” Managing Editor and co-host Matt Ryan accepted the accolade at the 48th Annual New York State Broadcasters Association Conference.
Yesterday Governor Andrew Cuomo said he hopes the "reunification" of the senate Democrats happens next year. Right now a breakaway group of five that co-govern the chamber along with the Republicans are caught in the middle of Cuomo's new desire to have his party control the state senate.
Democrats and their allies in the legislature say there’s little chance any major issues can be accomplished in the remaining days of the legislative session. Those pushing a Women’s Equality Act are already looking ahead to the fall campaigns as the next step.
Governor Cuomo is downplaying expectations for any major agreements in the final days of the legislative session.
“We have some clean up items,” Cuomo said “I don’t expect us to do any major initiatives.”
The 2014 legislative session has just eight working days left to go, with the closing day scheduled for June 20th. As lawmakers prepare to return for the final two weeks, there’s uncertainty whether anything will get done, now that Governor Cuomo has publicly vowed to try to oust the current Senate leadership.
Governor Cuomo tried to change the subject with two economic development appearances, in the aftermath of a political endorsement that has shaken up the Capitol.
Cuomo promised the Working Families Party that he would fight to take the Senate away from a coalition of Republicans and Independent Democrats, and give it to the mainstream Democrats. In a video he sent to the party’s convention, he condemned the state’s GOP.
Democrats in the Senate say they are taking Governor Andrew Cuomo at his word to help them regain the majority in the Senate, despite some indications that the governor might be walking back some of the promises he made at the working Family Party’s convention Saturday night.
Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins says she’s holding Governor Cuomo to his promise made to the Working Families Party, to regain Democratic control of the State Senate.