Senate Republicans have a new strategy in what’s shaping up to be an election battle for control of the State Senate. They say now that a group of breakaway Democrats is abandoning them and rejoining the rest of the Democrats, the Senate will be dominated by New York City liberals who won’t care about Upstate and Long Island.
The five member Independent Democratic Conference announced it would break its nearly two year old alliance in ruling the Senate with the Republicans, and plans to join the Democrats in a coalition government after the November elections.
WRBG-TV reports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is assessing a potential site in Albany to process children from Central America who cross the border illegally. Western New York Republican Congressman Chris Collins’ office said the Obama administration is looking into the old Kenwood Academy and Convent, off Southern Boulevard, to house the undocumented children. Federal officials are also looking at using the former Walmart in the Town of Sweden, near Brockport as additional temporary housing. The issue has been debated fiercely in recent weeks.