Jeff Klein http://wrvo.org en Senate IDC leader says group will maintain independence http://wrvo.org/post/senate-idc-leader-says-group-will-maintain-independence <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate Independent Conference Leader Jeff Klein says even though his group now plans to realign with the Democrats in the Senate, he won’t rule out working with Republicans in the future.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:23:32 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57997 at http://wrvo.org Senate IDC leader says group will maintain independence Two state Senate factions will form Democratic coalition http://wrvo.org/post/two-state-senate-factions-will-form-democratic-coalition <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Two Democratic factions in the New York State Senate say they are joining to form what could be a strong Democratic majority in the Senate, leaving Republicans, who up until now have ruled the chamber in a coalition government, out of power.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:25:09 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57946 at http://wrvo.org Two state Senate factions will form Democratic coalition Valesky says Senate leadership coalition is successful in Albany http://wrvo.org/post/valesky-says-senate-leadership-coalition-successful-albany <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democrats in New York state are vowing to take control of the Senate from the coalition leading it now, made up of Republicans and five breakaway Democrats.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:44:02 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56912 at http://wrvo.org Valesky says Senate leadership coalition is successful in Albany Drug legalization and abuse topics in Albany http://wrvo.org/post/drug-legalization-and-abuse-topics-albany <p></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:01:05 +0000 Karen DeWitt 55048 at http://wrvo.org Drug legalization and abuse topics in Albany Dream Act supporters vow to fight on http://wrvo.org/post/dream-act-supporters-vow-fight <p></p><p>Supporters of Dream Act legislation say they were “set up,” when a hastily arranged vote on the bill in the New York State Senate chamber late <span data-term="goog_389773422" tabindex="0">Monday</span> led to the measure’s failure by just one vote.</p><p>The focus is now shifting to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Backers say they will try to get the governor to put the measure into the state budget.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:04:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52891 at http://wrvo.org Dream Act supporters vow to fight on Dream Act dies in New York State Senate http://wrvo.org/post/dream-act-dies-new-york-state-senate <p></p><p>The Dream Act is dead for now in New York state, after the state Senate voted down the measure that would have granted college tuition aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. The 30 to 29 vote defeating the Dream Act left leaders of rival Democratic factions pointing fingers.</p><p>Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein , who is in a ruling coalition with the Republicans, says he’s disappointed that two Democrats joined the GOP to vote no on the bill to allow tuition aid for children of undocumented immigrants.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:16:01 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52867 at http://wrvo.org Dream Act dies in New York State Senate State Senate ruling coalition gains a new member http://wrvo.org/post/state-senate-ruling-coalition-gains-new-member <p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:05:53 +0000 Karen DeWitt 51967 at http://wrvo.org Senate IDC leader slammed by environmental group http://wrvo.org/post/senate-idc-leader-slammed-environmental-group <p>An environmental group has given Senate Independent Democratic Leader Jeff Klein its 2013 &quot;Oil Slick Award,&quot; claiming the Senate co-leader has done more than any other state legislator to harm the environment.<br /> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:00:29 +0000 Karen DeWitt 45406 at http://wrvo.org 21 arrested as progressive groups protest gridlock on key bills http://wrvo.org/post/21-arrested-progressive-groups-protest-gridlock-key-bills <p>There were several arrests at the state Capitol Tuesday. Advocates took out their anger and frustration on the Cuomo administration and leaders of the state Senate, after it became clear that a progressive agenda that includes abortion rights and public campaign financing is likely dead for the legislative session.<br><br>Government reform groups are angry at Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying he is giving up too soon on an anti-corruption agenda that includes public financing of campaigns and greater prosecution powers for the state’s district attorneys.&nbsp; &nbsp; Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:45:46 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39807 at http://wrvo.org 21 arrested as progressive groups protest gridlock on key bills Lawmakers seek ban of dangerous supplement http://wrvo.org/post/lawmakers-seek-ban-dangerous-supplement <p>A push to ban the fitness supplement DMAA brought a sports hero and parents who say they lost their son to the substance to the state Capitol. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 10:41:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 34242 at http://wrvo.org Lawmakers seek ban of dangerous supplement State Senate coalition leaders disagree over abortion rights http://wrvo.org/post/state-senate-coalition-leaders-disagree-over-abortion-rights <p>State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says he’s strongly opposed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act, saying it would lead to too many late-term abortions. Pro-choice lawmakers and advocates say they disagree with the senator’s interpretation. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:25:12 +0000 Karen DeWitt 32588 at http://wrvo.org State Senate coalition passes first test http://wrvo.org/post/state-senate-coalition-passes-first-test <p>The experimental governing coalition in the New York State Senate passed its first test, on the first full day of session, when senators approved a sweeping gun control package urged by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:10:16 +0000 Karen DeWitt 31948 at http://wrvo.org New state Senate coalition defends itself http://wrvo.org/post/new-state-senate-coalition-defends-itself <p>The newly-formed coalition of Republicans and Democrats, who will run the New York state Senate for the new term starting in January, made their first public appearance. They responded to criticism that the new majority coalition leaves out blacks and Hispanics.&nbsp; Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:45:06 +0000 Karen DeWitt & Karen 30368 at http://wrvo.org New state Senate co-leader says coalition is not exclusive http://wrvo.org/post/new-state-senate-co-leader-says-coalition-not-exclusive <p>The new governing coalition of the New York state Senate has received some criticism that it is leaving out minorities. But one of the two co-leaders of the Senate is defending the coalition, which includes five Independent Democrats and 30 Republicans. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:39:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 30247 at http://wrvo.org New state Senate co-leader says coalition can be more effective http://wrvo.org/post/new-state-senate-co-leader-says-coalition-can-be-more-effective <p>The new co-leader of the New York stat Senate, Senator Jeff Klein, says he knows the new coalition of five Democrats and around 30 Republicans will have to prove itself in the coming months and deliver on key pieces of legislation. But he says they stand a better chance of success than if just the Democrats alone were in charge of the Senate. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 13:42:10 +0000 Karen DeWitt 30203 at http://wrvo.org Senate forms unprecedented new governing coalition http://wrvo.org/post/senate-forms-unprecedented-new-governing-coalition <p>The leadership fight in the New York state Senate has been resolved, with a break-away Democratic faction joining with Republicans to form a new governing coalition that involves sharing the title of Temporary President of the Senate.&nbsp; Wed, 05 Dec 2012 06:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 30071 at http://wrvo.org Lt. Governor says Senate should put aside partisanship http://wrvo.org/post/lt-governor-says-senate-should-put-aside-partisanship <p>New York’s Lieutenant Governor weighed in on the leadership fight going on in the state Senate, saying the senators should put aside partisanship and try to work together. <span>&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 22:08:27 +0000 Karen DeWitt 29892 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo's endorsements of state senators remain up in the air http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-endorsements-state-senators-remain-air <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will not necessarily endorse Democrats for election to the closely divided New York state Senate, even though he&rsquo;s a Democrat. He says he&rsquo;ll consider candidates on a case by case basis. That stance gives the politically savvy governor a number of options.<br /><br /> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 12:53:56 +0000 Karen DeWitt 22474 at http://wrvo.org Erin Merryn's law comes to New York http://wrvo.org/post/erin-merryns-law-comes-new-york <p>There's a move afoot in the State Senate to make sure New York's children are taught what to do if they are sexually abused. Two state senators will propose legislation already in place in two other states, called Erin Merryn's law.</p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 12:08:06 +0000 Ellen Abbott 8396 at http://wrvo.org