Dean Skelos

New York News
12:11 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Former New York State Senator Owen Johnson Dies

A former New York state senator who represented Long Island for 40 years has died.

Owen Johnson died early Wednesday at his home in West Bablyon. He was 85.

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos announced Johnson's death. He said the Republican lawmaker was "beloved" by constituents and respected by legislators from both parties.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Minimum Wage Hike Supporters In New York See Opportunity

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

  Advocates of raising the minimum wage see hope in recent statements by the leader of the State Senate, and hope a deal can be struck by the end of the year.

Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos, whose party will control the Senate in January, says while he thinks the state’s gradual increase of the state’s minimum wage to $9 an hour next year is good enough, he’s willing to at least discuss raising it even higher. Senator Skelos, after meeting with the Republican members, says he also wants a pay raise for Senators.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

New York Senate Republicans To Rejoin Breakaway Dems In Senate Rule

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

The leader of the Senate Republicans says his members will once again join forces with a group of breakaway Democrats to rule the Senate come January.  Senator Dean Skelos says his members also want a pay raise.

Republicans won a bare majority of 32 seats in the 2014 elections, and GOP Leader Dean Skelos, following a two hour closed door meeting with his republican members,  says the GOP will once again form a coalition  government with leader of the Independent Democrats, Senator Jeff Klein.

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New York News
3:45 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

NYS Senate To Be Ruled By Coalition Again

Sen. Dean Skelos with Alan Chartock.

The leader of the New York State Senate Republicans says his members will once again partner with a group of breakaway Democrats to rule the chamber in January. Senator Dean Skelos says his members also want a pay raise.

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WAMC News
7:40 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Sen. Dean Skelos on Cuomo's endorsements and voter ID laws in Texas.

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New York News
4:27 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Is Cuomo Trying To Have It Both Ways In Senate?

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

New York Governor Cuomo has forged his public image as a bipartisan governor, working with both Democrats and Republicans. But the governor has also promised a left-leaning minor party that he would help shift control of the state Senate away from the GOP, and help Democrats regain control of the chamber. The governor has been walking a fine line between the two parties ever since.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

New York Legislative Session Could End With A Whimper

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

The legislative session is scheduled to end on Thursday, and many issues remain unresolved. But a low key end of session might not matter much to New York’s top political figures.

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Vox Pop
12:20 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

With 8 Days Left, Uncertainty Over What Legislative Session Can Accomplish

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

  The 2014 legislative session has just eight working days left to go, with the closing day scheduled for June 20. 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. 

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New York News
12:10 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Cuomo Says He's Proud Of Lack Of Partisanship In Albany

Credit Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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.

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New York News
11:29 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Skelos: No Contradictions On Public Campaign Finance

Credit Karen DeWitt

The leader of the New York State Senate Republicans has offered some hope that the state’s public campaign finance system could be expanded before the session is over. 

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