Dean Skelos en Democrats hopeful, Republicans dismayed over Cuomo's pledge to shake up state Senate <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democrats in the New York State Senate say they are taking </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo at his word to help them regain the majority, despite some indications that he might be walking back some of the promises he made at the Working Family Party’s convention Saturday night.</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 09:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 56742 at Democrats hopeful, Republicans dismayed over Cuomo's pledge to shake up state Senate Skelos says no contradictions with candidate using public campaign finance <p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 11:18:14 +0000 Karen DeWitt 55871 at State Senate is sticking point for legalizing medical marijuana <p></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:49:18 +0000 Ellen Abbott 54929 at State Senate is sticking point for legalizing medical marijuana Budget negotiations continued at Capitol <p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are still struggling to come to a final budget agreement, after the time for an expected announcement came and went <span data-term="goog_1674440278" tabindex="0">on Friday</span>.</p><p>Optimistic lawmakers had predicted a final accord on the budget by mid day <span data-term="goog_1674440279" tabindex="0">Friday</span>, but in the end, were unable to achieve that goal.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:55:13 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53432 at Lawmakers come closer to budget agreement <p></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:01:54 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53282 at Dispute ends budget meeting <p></p><p>The next several days will be crucial ones in Albany for negotiations on the state budget.&nbsp;Tensions ran high at a closed-door meeting between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders.</p><p>Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos abruptly left the final leaders meeting before the weekend early, complaining there was too much emphasis on the needs of the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, at the expense of the rest of the state.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:48:15 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53062 at Dispute ends budget meeting Cuomo pushes property tax freeze <p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:19:25 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52868 at Cuomo pushes property tax freeze Legislative leaders call for delay in Common Core standards <p></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:40:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50912 at Legislative leaders call for delay in Common Core standards Future of public campaign finance uncertain <p></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:12:55 +0000 Karen DeWitt 48111 at Women's groups say abortion rights vote still possible <p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:08:52 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39839 at Senate leader says he won't repeat mistakes made when passing gun control laws <p>The leader of the New York State Senate Republicans says he regrets the way gun control legislation was rapidly approved earlier this year, and he hopes what he now says was a mistake won't be repeated at the end of the session. Mon, 06 May 2013 13:10:51 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37335 at Senate GOP hearings will examine NYC's public campaign financing system <p>Republicans in the New York State Senate plan to hold hearings Tuesday, May 7, on what they say are abuses in New York City’s public campaign finance system.&nbsp; Mon, 06 May 2013 12:57:45 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37334 at State GOP leader not happy with potential abortion law reform <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to update New York’s antiquated abortion laws to reflect rights affirmed in the landmark <em>Roe v. Wade</em> decision. But Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos says it goes to far. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:57:31 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36726 at 10-bullet magazine ban to be postponed <p>State Senate Republicans are confirming that a key provision of New York's recently approved gun control law, the New York SAFE Act, will be postponed. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:29:08 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35296 at GOP pushes middle class tax breaks <p>New York Senate Republicans are pushing for middle class tax breaks in the new state budget, including a return to the New York State School Tax Relief Program property tax rebate checks curtailed in 2009.<br>&nbsp; Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:10:14 +0000 Karen DeWitt 34273 at 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 Gun control talks on-going in Albany <p>Talks on gun control proposals between Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature continued Tuesday night, on the eve of the governor’s annual State of the State speech. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:03:33 +0000 Karen DeWitt 31631 at Impasse between Cuomo and state Senate on gun measures <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republicans in the Senate remain at an impasse over gun control legislation -- just days before the governor's State of the State address. Meanwhile, the state comptroller says he’s thinking of divesting the state’s pension fund from investments in gun manufacturers. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 06:31:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 31544 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 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 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 Cuomo's endorsements of state senators remain up in the 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 Albany legislative session comes to an end <p>The state legislature ended their 2012 session Thursday evening as lawmakers had promised, but they did not manage to finish everything on their list before they left.</p><p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 13:55:17 +0000 Karen DeWitt 21388 at Some issues left hanging as session ends <p>The legislative session that&rsquo;s concluding in Albany seems to be more about what&rsquo;s not getting done than what is getting accomplished. Agreements were not reached on several key issues.</p><p>Governor Andrew Cuomo at this time last year was intensely lobbying lawmakers to pass a bill to legalize gay marriage. This year, he has taken a more hands-off approach to the end of the current legislative session.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:42:24 +0000 Karen DeWitt 21324 at End of session: No action on bill to decriminalize marijuana <p>A bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana appears dead for the legislative session, now that Republicans in the Senate say they won&rsquo;t be acting on the bill.</p><p>Governor Andrew Cuomo says it&rsquo;s &ldquo;highly unlikely&rdquo; that his bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana will be taken up by the Senate before the legislative session ends on Thursday, and Senate Leader Dean Skelos confirms that.</p><p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:13:29 +0000 Karen DeWitt 21260 at Minimum wage supporters won't quit <p>Supporters of raising New York&rsquo;s minimum wage have not given up hope of getting a bill passed this session.</p><p>With just three weeks left in the legislative session, demonstrations and efforts to put the bill on the Senate floor continue.</p><p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 18:02:09 +0000 Karen DeWitt 20362 at Fight over minimum wage continues <p>For weeks, there&rsquo;s been a stalemate in Albany over the issue of raising the state&rsquo;s minimum wage, with Assembly Democrats backing the idea, Senate Republicans opposing it, and Governor Andrew Cuomo remaining neutral in the middle.</p><p>Cuomo says he generally backs the measure, but feels that the GOP can&rsquo;t be convinced. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 24 May 2012 15:26:32 +0000 Karen DeWitt 19808 at Lawmakers agree to change September 11th primary date <p>The state&rsquo;s September primary is going to be delayed by two days, now that the legislature has agreed to move the date from Tuesday, September 11 to Thursday, September 13.</p><p> Wed, 16 May 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 19352 at Assembly, Senate leaders disagree over moral high ground on minimum wage bill <p>Democrats in the State Assembly approved a bill to increase the state&rsquo;s minimum wage.</p><p>The Republican leader of the State Senate offered a spirited defense of his position opposing the measure, but did not rule the issue out altogether.</p><p>Democrats in the Assembly approved a bill to increase the state&rsquo;s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour. &nbsp;Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who has championed the measure, calls it a &ldquo;moral imperative&rdquo;.</p><p>&ldquo;It is, I keep saying it, a moral issue,&rdquo; said Silver. Wed, 16 May 2012 14:35:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 19351 at