Lt. Governor says Senate should put aside partisanship

Nov 30, 2012

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.  

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, whose official job is to preside over the state Senate, stopped short of endorsing the idea of a bipartisan coalition government, proposed by Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein. Duffy says the Senate should take their cues from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has worked with both parties to achieve his goals.

Duffy hopes whatever the outcome, it will put the “gridlock and hyper-partisan behaviors behind."

“Look at focusing on supporting and serving the people of the state, who really don’t care what party is in power,” he said.

Polls before the election showed more New Yorkers favored Democrats to be in charge of the Senate.  

Duffy says ultimately though, it’s up to the Republicans, Democrats and break-away Democrats in the Senate to decide how to run the chamber.