With the end of the legislative session, some lawmakers announce the end of their time in Albany; on their own terms. This calendar year has brought many retirements from the legislature and three Assembly members who are going that route sat down with Matt Ryan to talk about the highs and lows of their time in office. Joel Miller (R-Poughkeepsie), Bob Reilly (D-Colonie) and Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro), are three individuals who at times bucked their party to support their individual causes. Hear what they have to say about their time in office, their thoughts on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and their plans for the future. Watch video above.
When he was elected to the state senate in 1998, Tom Duane became the first openly gay individual to serve in the chamber. The Manhattan legislator was a key figure in both of the same-sex marriage votes, when it was defeated in 2009 and then passed in June of 20011. The retiring lawmaker, who is HIV-positive, talks to New York NOW about his career and his achievements including how he needed to educate his colleagues on some of the misconceptions about HIV. Watch video above.
The Assembly chamber is made up of 150 members, so it’s not surprising to see a new makeup of legislators every two years. But in 2013, many faces that have grown familiar to Capitol followers will be gone, just not by an election defeat. Several members on both sides of the aisle have announced they will not seek re-election in 2012, including Republicans Joel Miller (Poughkeepsie) and Teresa Sayward (Willsboro), along with Democrats Bob Reilly (Colonie) and Jack McEneny (Albany). The announcement of another retirement came the week of April 9th, as Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari (Cohoes) is calling it quits at the end of the 2012. The Capital Region native has served for 24 years and has been Speaker Sheldon Silver’s right hand man for the last five years. Watch the preview clip of our interview above above. For the full story, click here (segment begins at 03:51).