Thursday, 06 December 2012 12:31

Black Leaders Rip Coalition Government Deal

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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.

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 15:33

Strange Bedfellows

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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.

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 15:29

Malcolm In The State Senate Muddle

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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.

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 15:05

IDC And Senate GOP Announce Coalition Government

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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.

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 14:50

GOP, independent Dems claim NY Senate majority

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Senate Republicans and the Independent Democratic Conference on Tuesday struck a deal to take control of the Senate in an unprecedented power-sharing deal.

Simcha Felder was elected to the State Senate just a few weeks ago as a Democrat, defeating a Republican incumbent for a newly drawn district in an Orthodox Jewish pocket of Brooklyn. But he promptly announced that when he got to Albany he would caucus with and mostly vote with the Republicans.

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