Senate Republicans and the Independent Democratic Conference on Tuesday struck a deal to take control of the Senate in an unprecedented power-sharing deal.
New York State Senator-elect Simcha Felder is a Democrat, but has decided to serve with the Republican conference when his term begins.
New York parents will see for the first time the job evaluations of the teachers who instruct their children under a deal expected soon. Parents won’t get a detailed performance review, but rather broad categories such as “highly effective” and “ineffective.”
Sen. Skelos, a Long Island Republican, said it’s wrong to downgrade punishment to a simple violation for having up to 25 grams of marijuana in the open.
The $1 million pilot program funded by a grant from State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos will purchase about 150 security cameras, to be placed in the Borough Park and Flatbush neighborhoods of Brooklyn.
The Assembly’s Democratic majority plans to pass its version of the bill Tuesday, but Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos said the measure won’t reach the Senate floor.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is blasting a proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that would allow the governor to reallocate funding approved by the Legislature.
On Tuesday, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino took State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Sen. Charles Fuschillo, the chairman of the transportation committee, on a tour of the aging Tappan Zee Bridge.
Lawmakers say it’s possible the Republican-controlled Senate could call a vote on the same-sex marriage bill just after midnight Friday morning.
The 32 Republicans meeting will decide, maybe as soon as Wednesday, whether to send a bill approving same-sex marriage to the floor for a full vote.
There was marriage drama in Albany on Monday. A high-powered meeting between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top lawmakers, ended with same-sex marriage in New York still stuck at the altar.
The controversy surrounding same-sex marriage found its way into the prayer service at St. Patrick’s cathedral in New York City.
As lawmakers continue to hash out a gay marriage bill in Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has become a prominent champion of legalized gay marriage, pushing his state into the center of the national debate over an emotional and divisive issue.
The legislative session is still set for Albany to end on Monday. However, it could be extended for days or a week or even longer as issues such as rent control and property taxes remain unresolved.
The current form asks for one bride’s name and one groom’s name. The gender-neutral versions would allow each person to choose whether he or she is a bride, groom or spouse.