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New York News
4:17 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Cuomo Eyes 2015 To Unify Senate Democrats

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says any end to the Democratic schism in the state Senate isn't going to happen until next year.

The Senate is now controlled by a coalition of Republicans and a faction of independent Democrats who left their party’s main conference.

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.

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New York News
5:17 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Democrats Hopeful, GOP Dismayed Over Cuomo's Pledge To Shake Up Senate

Sen. Jeff Klein heads the breakaway Democrats in the Senate.
Credit Karen DeWitt

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  convention Saturday night.

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New York News
10:38 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Power Post For NY Senator Who Switched Caucuses

(L to R) Senators Diane Savino, Tony Avella, Jeff Klein, and David Valesky share a laugh at their first IDC conference.
Credit Independent Democratic Conference / New York State Senate

The newest member of the state Senate's ruling coalition is getting leadership positions on the chamber's environmental and social services committees.

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.

The Senate leadership said Thursday Avella will become chairman of the social services committee and vice chairman of the environmental conservation committee.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

21 Arrested as Progressive Groups Turn Wrath on NYS Senate's Independent Democrats

New York State NOW President Zenaida Mendez, being arrested at a sit in outside Sen Klein's offices Tuesday afternoon.
Credit Karen DeWitt

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.

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Hudson Valley News
12:57 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

IDC Takes Proposed Campaign Finance Bill On The Road

Senators David Carlucci (left) and Jeff Klein (right)
Credit WAMC/Allison Dunne

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.

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Hudson Valley News
12:50 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

NYS Senator Announces Campaign Finance Reform Legislation

Credit Office of NYS Senator David Carlucci

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.

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New York News
8:19 am
Mon March 18, 2013

NY leaders meet, continue talks on state budget

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders hope to announce an agreement on the third straight on-time budget.

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.

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.

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