New York state Senate

8:45am

Tue December 11, 2012
Politics and Government

New state Senate coalition defends itself

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. 

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5:39am

Mon December 10, 2012
Politics and Government

New state Senate co-leader says coalition is not exclusive

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.

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8:42am

Fri December 7, 2012
Politics and Government

New state Senate co-leader says coalition can be more effective

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.

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9:14am

Thu December 6, 2012
Politics and Government

Miner says new Senate coalition could solve problems

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.

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8:53am

Thu December 6, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo's support for state Senate coalition is conditional

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.

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1:34am

Wed December 5, 2012
Politics

Senate forms unprecedented new governing coalition

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. 

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5:08pm

Fri November 30, 2012
Politics and Government

Lt. Governor says Senate should put aside partisanship

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.  

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9:13am

Fri November 30, 2012
Politics and Government

Activists protest Valesky office, asking him to stick with Democrats

Activists outside state Sen. Dave Valesky's office
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

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.

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5:49am

Thu November 29, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo claims he's staying out of fight for state Senate control

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.

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1:48pm

Fri November 16, 2012
Politics and Government

Leading Democratic state Senator says party should unite

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. 

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9:19am

Wed November 14, 2012
Politics

NY Senate Republicans gain new recruit

Senate Republicans have gained one more member in the fight for control of the chamber. Newly elected Brooklyn Democrat Simcha Felder says he’ll sit with the GOP.

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1:37am

Thu November 8, 2012

8:45am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Ritchie defeats Tresidder in 48th state Senate district

Incumbent Republican state Senator Patty Ritchie celebrates her reelection Tuesday night.
Credit Natasha Haverty

Incumbent Republican state Senator Patty Ritchie easily won reelection in the 48th district, covering Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties. She beat Democrat Amy Tresidder by a more than two-to-one margin. Now, Ritchie looks ahead to tackling the economic issues facing the state.  

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8:04am

Mon November 5, 2012
-Candidates in Depth

Ritchie, Tresidder face off in 48th district for state Senate

The race for state Senate in the 48th district – which includes Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties – pits incumbent Republican Patty Ritchie against underdog Democrat Amy Tresidder. Both women stress the need for state mandate relief for local municipalities and measures to boost the upstate economy, although the strategies they'd take for doing that differ.

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5:32pm

Fri November 2, 2012
Politics

DeFrancisco keeps a watchful eye on state Senate elections

State Sen. John DeFrancisco in his Syracuse office.
Durrie Lawrence WRVO

With two Republican state senators retiring, the GOP could lose their slim majority in the New York State Senate on Tuesday. Senator John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) said he doesn’t want Democrats to lead the state Senate, as they did briefly in 2009 and 2010. 

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9:27am

Fri October 26, 2012
Politics

Control of state Senate could come down to the wire

November's election will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the New York state Senate in the next term, and it could come down to just a few hundred votes in a small number of key Senate contests. Both sides are hopeful that they will be victorious.

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4:26pm

Mon October 22, 2012
Politics

Cuomo to start campaigning on behalf of other candidates

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will soon be hitting the campaign trail... for other candidates. While the governor is not up for reelection himself until 2016, at a cabinet meeting Monday in Albany, Cuomo said that with this year's election just over two weeks away, endorsements and campaign events to get out the vote matter.

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10:47am

Fri October 19, 2012
Politics

Some GOP state senators use Cuomo's image to bolster campaigns

Governor Andrew Cuomo is not running for office this year, but his face and name are still appearing in election mailers in many New York homes.  That is because state lawmakers from both parties running for reelection are using the popular governor’s image in their campaign literature.

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9:40am

Fri September 28, 2012
Politics and Government

GOP state senator who voted for gay marriage drops out of race

The Republican state senator who lost a primary after voting for gay marriage is dropping out of the race. Senator Roy McDonald says he will not campaign on the Independence Party line in the general election and will instead back his former primary opponent. 

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11:15am

Thu September 27, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo endorses candidate across party lines

Governor Andrew Cuomo has crossed party lines and offered a political endorsement to Republican state Senator Roy McDonald, who lost a primary this month after voting to support same sex marriage in 2011.

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8:50am

Wed September 26, 2012
Politics

Opponent accuses Patty Ritchie of using taxpayer dollars to campaign

Amy Tresidder, the Democratic candidate running against Republican state Senator Patty Ritchie, is accusing the incumbent of misusing taxpayer funds to boost her campaign. 

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9:14am

Wed August 22, 2012
Regional Coverage

Business Council says NY legislators more business friendly

The Business Council of New York released its annual report card of the state's legislators, and the group gave New York Senate Republicans high marks for approving a pro-business agenda.

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9:28am

Tue August 14, 2012
Politics and Government

State GOP chairman: Paul Ryan will "play well" in NY races

The head of the New York state Republican Party predicts that the choice of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate will be helpful in some portions of New York state.

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9:43am

Tue August 7, 2012
Politics and Government

State Senator to introduce new gun laws

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In the wake of increased gun violence in New York and two mass shootings in the nation in the last few weeks, a State Senator is proposing stricter gun laws that he says could give New York the toughest gun laws in the country.

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4:03pm

Fri July 27, 2012
Politics and Government

Central New York state Senator running unopposed

One New York state Senate seat that has been hotly contested in recent years in central New York, will not be this year.  Republicans have not been able to come up with anyone to run against Democrat Dave Valesky in the 53rd Senate District.

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6:08pm

Fri July 20, 2012
Politics and Government

NY Senate Democrats hopeful for November

A recent poll offers some hope to Senate Democrats who are trying retake the Senate after losing to Republicans two years ago, but the GOP says they are far from worried.
 

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4:40pm

Tue July 10, 2012
Politics and Government

Green Party candidate for Senate introduces herself

Colia Clark coliaclark.org

Not many New Yorkers likely know that three women are running for U.S. Senate in November.

Colia Clark is a veteran of the civil rights movement, and a former Democrat. Now she is a Green Party candidate running for Senate against incumbent Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican Wendy Long.

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9:05am

Tue July 3, 2012
Politics and Government

State legislature approves historically low number of bills

According to an analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group, the 2012 session resulted in 571 pieces of legislation approved by both houses of the New York state legislature.  

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9:48am

Tue June 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

NY lawmakers approve electronic drug prescriptions bill

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New York state lawmakers have approved legislation requiring doctors to issue drug prescriptions electronically within three years.

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10:35am

Wed May 2, 2012
Politics and Government

Parties squabble over campaign finance reform

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Democrats and Republicans in the State Senate engaged in partisan squabbling over reform of the state’s campaign finance system.

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