Democrats

There are growing calls in Albany for a special prosecutor to investigate police encounters with unarmed citizens that end in the death of the person.  Senate Democrats are the latest to ask for immediate action in the wake of the death of Eric Garner and other recent incidents.

The state’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman has already asked Governor Cuomo for an executive order to empower the AG to investigate and, if warranted, prosecute cases where unarmed civilians are killed by police officers.

Senior U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer made his rounds upstate today, including stops in Syracuse and Albany.

In the Capital Region, the day before Veterans Day, Schumer pushed a bill that would create annual health screenings for service members to better identify those who may be at risk to harming themselves.  

Two Democratic factions in the State Senate say they are joining to form what could be a strong Democratic Majority in the Senate, leaving Republicans, who up until now have ruled the chamber in a coalition government, out of power.

In a joint statement, Governor Cuomo and Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein say the break away Democratic faction that had ruled with the Republicans for the past two years has agreed to join in a coalition government with the rest of the Senate Democrats, giving them a potential majority after the November elections.

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 pressing for bills to reform the state’s campaign finance system say the US Attorney’s investigations into a panel controlled by Governor Cuomo might help spur action on their measures.

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