Politics & Elections
8:32 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Two State Senate factions will form Democratic coalition

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.

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Politics & Elections
3:54 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Jeff Klein on the future of the Senate Democrats

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.

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Legislation & Policy
9:04 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Senate Democrats say more reasons than ever to adopt their reform bills

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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Politics & Elections
8:35 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Cuomo endorses de Blasio

Governor Andrew Cuomo has jumped into the New York City mayor race, appearing at second place candidate Bill Thompson’s concession speech, and endorsing the Democratic front runner, Bill de Blasio.

Cuomo’s endorsement of the Democratic Mayoral candidate comes after a summer of silence on the New York City races. The governor, who predicted that de Blasio will do a “superb job” as mayor, said afterward that he did not influence Thompson’s decision to concede.

“It was Bill Thompson’s own decision,” said Cuomo. “I applaud it, and I think it was the right one.”

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