Did the IDC win the war for the Senate without firing a shot?
A Binghamton-area Assemblywoman penned a letter to the state’s top environmental regulator yesterday, urging him to call a meeting of the state’s High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Panel—a once-touted committee of interested parties that hasn’t met in nearly a year.
Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos says a new bipartisan power sharing deal is a model for the country--but some black leaders says it leaves minorities out in the cold.
Sen. Malcolm Smith’s desire to join forces with the Independent Democratic Conference and bolster its members’ effort to form a coalition government with the Republicans makes a lot of sense – from his standpoint, at least.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any screwier with the ongoing state Senate power struggle comes the news – compliments of the New York Post – that Sen. Malcolm Smith has decided to dump the Democrats and join forces with the IDC, bumping their membership up from four to five.
Senate Republicans and the five-member Independent Democratic Conference announced this afternoon a power-sharing agreement that will allow feature a rotating Senate presidency and equal control over committee assignments, the Senate’s active list, appointments and other key functions of the chamber.
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