Independent Democratic Conference http://wamc.org en Cuomo Eyes 2015 To Unify Senate Democrats http://wamc.org/post/cuomo-eyes-2015-unify-senate-democrats <p>New&nbsp;York Governor Andrew Cuomo says any end to the Democratic schism in the state Senate isn't going to happen until next year.</p><p>The Senate is now controlled by a coalition of Republicans and a faction of independent Democrats who left their party’s main conference.</p><p>Cuomo’s vowed to return Senate control to the Democrats, he’ll heal the split –or- work to defeat Republicans and independent Democrats in the fall election.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:17:44 +0000 Dave Lucas 92216 at http://wamc.org Cuomo Eyes 2015 To Unify Senate Democrats Democrats Hopeful, GOP Dismayed Over Cuomo's Pledge To Shake Up Senate http://wamc.org/post/democrats-hopeful-gop-dismayed-over-cuomos-pledge-shake-senate <p></p><p>Democrats in the New York state 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 &nbsp;convention Saturday night. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:17:08 +0000 Karen DeWitt 91809 at http://wamc.org Democrats Hopeful, GOP Dismayed Over Cuomo's Pledge To Shake Up Senate Power Post For NY Senator Who Switched Caucuses http://wamc.org/post/power-post-ny-senator-who-switched-caucuses <p></p><p>The newest member of the state Senate's ruling coalition is getting leadership positions on the chamber's environmental and social services committees.</p><p>Sen. Tony Avella of Queens joined the group of breakaway Democrats who share control of the Senate with Republicans on Wednesday. He had been in the traditional Democratic caucus.</p><p>The Senate leadership said Thursday Avella will become chairman of the social services committee and vice chairman of the environmental conservation committee.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 03:38:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 84807 at http://wamc.org Power Post For NY Senator Who Switched Caucuses 21 Arrested as Progressive Groups Turn Wrath on NYS Senate's Independent Democrats http://wamc.org/post/21-arrested-progressive-groups-turn-wrath-nys-senates-independent-democrats <p>There were several arrests at the New York State Capitol Tuesday. Advocates took out their anger and frustration on Cuomo and leaders of the State Senate, after it became clear that a progressive agenda that includes abortion rights and public campaign financing are likely dead for the legislative session.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 67341 at http://wamc.org 21 Arrested as Progressive Groups Turn Wrath on NYS Senate's Independent Democrats IDC Takes Proposed Campaign Finance Bill On The Road http://wamc.org/post/idc-takes-proposed-campaign-finance-bill-road <p>A group of New York state Senators held a public hearing Wednesday on a proposed campaign finance reform bill. They say with the most recent lawmaker names that have emerged in connection with a federal corruption investigation, the need for such reform is all the more urgent.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 16:57:31 +0000 Allison Dunne 64270 at http://wamc.org IDC Takes Proposed Campaign Finance Bill On The Road NYS Senator Announces Campaign Finance Reform Legislation http://wamc.org/post/nys-senator-announces-campaign-finance-reform-legislation <p>A New York State Senator who is part of the Independent Democratic Conference will announce the IDC’s campaign finance reform package later this afternoon. The proposals come in the wake of a far-reaching political corruption scandal in the state.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 16:50:06 +0000 Allison Dunne 62102 at http://wamc.org NYS Senator Announces Campaign Finance Reform Legislation NY leaders meet, continue talks on state budget http://wamc.org/post/ny-leaders-meet-continue-talks-state-budget <p>New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders hope to announce an agreement on the third straight on-time budget.</p><p>But in Albany budget negotiations, all deals hinge on the final one. After closed-door meetings Sunday, all sides claim they are a good distance apart.</p><p>Some difficult sticking points are whether to raise the minimum wage to as much as $9, whether to adopt business tax cuts, and whether to extend a "temporary" income tax increase for the second time.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:19:54 +0000 Jaired Crofut 60063 at http://wamc.org NY leaders meet, continue talks on state budget