NY state Sen. Savino explains IDC governing strategy

May 28, 2013

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.

Sen. Diane Savino, a Staten Island Democrat, is part of the Independent Democratic Conference, a breakaway faction of Democrats that has formed a governing coalition with the Senate’s Republican members.

Savino’s group, known as the IDC, favors public financing of campaigns, and has been holding hearings to promote the proposal. But the GOP is adamantly against the idea, saying it’s a waste of taxpayer money. Most of the rest of the Democrats back public campaign financing. But Savino says her group would not consider trying to gather up all of the Democrats and demand a vote.

“Forcing a vote on the floor is not the way the IDC and the coalition was put together,” said Savino, who said she does not want the opposite problem, where Republicans might try to force the Democrats to vote on items they disagreed with.

“The coalition wouldn’t work if we allowed that to happen,” Savino said.   

But without some GOP support, it’s unlikely that public campaign financing will be enacted this year. Savino says perhaps some can be persuaded to change their mind.