Independent Democratic Conference en 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 Two state Senate factions will form Democratic coalition Cuomo downplays chances of end-of-session agreements <p></p><p>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo is downplaying the chances of any major agreements before the legislative session ends later this month.</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:45:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57070 at Cuomo downplays chances of end-of-session agreements State Senate ruling coalition gains a new member <p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:05:53 +0000 Karen DeWitt 51967 at Valesky says bipartisan coalition was successful <p>Syracuse-area state Senator Dave Valesky says the bipartisan coalition that governs the New York Senate was successful this year.<p>The Independent Democratic Conference is a group comprised of four Independent Democrats and 30 Republicans. Together they control the agenda and the committee process in that chamber of the state legislature. In the beginning, critics complained it would prevent certain progressive agendas from moving forward. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:38:40 +0000 Ellen Abbott 41783 at Valesky says bipartisan coalition was successful NY state Sen. Savino explains IDC governing strategy <p>A key member of the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference says the group does not foresee joining with the rest of the Democrats to overcome Republican resistance to a number of end-of-session issues, including public financing of campaigns.<br>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 21:41:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 38502 at Campaign finance reform proposal making its way through Albany <p>In the wake of a series of political corruption cases out of Albany in recent weeks, campaign finance reform has become a popular issue in the state capitol.&nbsp; Among the proposals for reforming the way money is used in political campaigns, is one from the Independent Democratic Conference. The group is wrapping up a set of statewide hearings on their plan today in Albany. Mon, 20 May 2013 13:31:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 38118 at Second half of legislative session overshadowed by new scandals <p>The second half of New York’s legislative session begins today and it’s likely to be dominated by the response to on going bribery and corruption scandals that came to light while lawmakers were on spring break. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:41:58 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36239 at State Senator, others indicted in wide-ranging corruption scandal <p>State Sen. Malcolm Smith, a former New York Senate majority leader, has been arrested and indicted in a far reaching bribery and corruption scandal. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 01:40:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35665 at State minimum wage increase faces hurdles <p>New York State lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol Wednesday following a two-week break for the President’s Day holiday.&nbsp; Lawmakers have plenty to work on in the next few weeks leading up to the start of the state’s fiscal year, including whether to pass a minimum wage hike as part of the state budget. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:10:58 +0000 Karen DeWitt 33959 at 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 DeFrancisco and Valesky on the Independent Democratic Conference <p>The new iteration of the New York state Senate will look different in 2013 with the new power sharing agreement in place between Republicans and breakaway Democrats, and two central New York lawmakers will be in the thick of it.</p><p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 15:37:21 +0000 Ellen Abbott 31044 at Dave Valesky on the Campbell Conversations <p>A potentially significant new chapter in New York's political history will be written in January, as the State Senate's Independent Democratic Caucus joins with the Republican Caucus to form a coalition majority.&nbsp; On this edition of the Campbell Conversations, State Senator Dave Valesky, a founding member of the Independent Democratic group, discusses how this new arrangement will work, and why joining with the Republicans may actually bring more progressive pieces of legislation to the Senate floor.</p><p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:14:01 +0000 Grant Reeher 30656 at Dave Valesky on the Campbell Conversations Will new state Senate coalition be good for upstate NY? <p>Some supporters of the new state Senate coalition between Republicans and the Independent Democrat Caucus say it will keep upstate New York concerns on the table. Some area politicians believe that wasn't the case when Democrats had control of the New York state Senate in 2009 and 2010. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:14:37 +0000 Ellen Abbott 30401 at Senate GOP Leader dampens expectations on progressive bills <p>New York state Senate Republicans dampened expectations that their new governing coalition would move quickly on progressive issues championed by Democrats, including a minimum wage increase and public financing of campaigns. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:02:36 +0000 Karen DeWitt 30425 at New state Senate co-leader says coalition is 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 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 Miner says new Senate coalition could solve problems <p>The newly-created New York state Senate leadership coalition has further divided Democrats. Governor Andrew Cuomo has offered his conditional support, and at least one other party leader -- Democrat state party co-chairwoman Stephanie Miner -- agrees. Thu, 06 Dec 2012 14:14:11 +0000 Ellen Abbott 30147 at Cuomo's support for state Senate coalition is conditional <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has maintained that he has stayed out of the New York state Senate leadership fight, is now endorsing a newly formed coalition of Senate Republicans and five Democrats, but with some conditions. Thu, 06 Dec 2012 13:53:15 +0000 Karen DeWitt 30146 at 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 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 Activists protest Valesky office, asking him to stick with Democrats <p>While the balance of the New York State senate remains unclear, as votes continue to be counted in a pair of close Senate races, activists are calling on a breakaway political coalition to stick with the Democrats. A coalition of union and community groups believe some important issues depend on it. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:13:05 +0000 Ellen Abbott 29882 at Activists protest Valesky office, asking him to stick with Democrats Cuomo claims he's staying out of fight for state Senate control <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is staying out of the on-going battle for control of the New York state Senate, maintaining that he will work with whoever ultimately wins the struggle. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:49:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 29808 at Leading Democratic state Senator says party should unite <p>A leading Democratic Senator says wayward Democrats should get in line with the others in their party, and form a majority to run the Senate when the new session starts in January.&nbsp; Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:48:26 +0000 Karen DeWitt 29250 at Central New York state Senator running unopposed <p>One New York state Senate seat that has been hotly contested in recent years in central New York, will not be this year.&nbsp; Republicans have not been able to come up with anyone to run against Democrat Dave Valesky in the 53rd Senate District.<br /> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 20:03:48 +0000 Ellen Abbott 23280 at