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The NY Senate Independent Democratic Conference (IDC): Senator Diane Savino, Senator Tony Avella, Senate IDC Leader Jeff Klein, and Senator David Valesky. Photo: IDC
The NY Senate Independent Democratic Conference (IDC): Senator Diane Savino, Senator Tony Avella, Senate IDC Leader Jeff Klein, and Senator David Valesky. Photo: IDC

Queens Democrat joins NYS Senate's ruling coalition

The ruling coalition in the state Senate has grown by one member. Democratic Sen. Tony Avella, of Queens, has left the minority Democrats to join the Senate's ruling coalition, the Independent Democratic Conference.

Avella is a progressive-leaning Democrat who's been called a maverick. He says he's become convinced he can get more accomplished by joining the IDC, which includes all of the Republicans and a few breakaway Independent Democrats.  Go to full article
There has been a disturbing pattern on the part of the majority of stifling debate.

Partisan tensions rising in state Senate

Senate Republicans are claiming victory in a too-close-to-call special election in Brooklyn. A win by the GOP candidate could spell another blow to minority party Democrats in the Senate.

Beleaguered Democrats already charge the Senate GOP has been using house rules to further stifle them. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
The Senate Republicans again and again stifled debate and turned democracy into a game.

Senate Dems walk out over redistricting

Seven casinos, a cut in one of the biggest government costs facing taxpayers, more convictions of career criminals and a far more promising outlook for Republicans are results of the wheeling and dealing that ended early yesterday morning in Albany. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is declaring victory.

His Republican allies in the Senate, who faced oblivion just two years ago, scored major wins to give the party a powerful, longer life in the increasingly blue state.

The all-night session of the legislature left bitter feelings between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, after Democrats stormed out in protest over the middle of the night redistricting vote. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Cuomo-GOP alliance benefits both

There was a bit of a love fest last month in Potsdam, as State Senator Betty Little, a Republican from Queensbury, introduced Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Democrat. Good things are happening in Albany, the senator indicated, because of the Cuomo's leadership over the first six months of his term.

As Albany reporter Karen DeWitt reports, the Democratic governor and Senate Republicans have a mutual interest in keeping their alliance strong.  Go to full article

Rural voters a factor in Election 2008

A new poll from the Siena College Research Institute shows Hillary Rodham Clinton still leading Republican John McCain in a prospective presidential vote 49% to 42%. It also shows her Democratic rival Barack Obama leading McCain among New York voters, and by a similar margin, 47% to 40%. Brian Mann has been tracking rural voters as this election year unfolds. He talked with Martha Foley about the influence rural Americans may have on the primaries, and the outcome in November.  Go to full article

Potsdam Voters Wait for Write-in Results

St. Lawrence County elections commissioners begin counting votes this morning from the write-in campaign in Potsdam. Democratic candidates were left off the ballot this year after they missed the filing deadline in September. As Jody Tosti reports, preliminary figures show a good voter turnout in the village and town, despite the election mishap.  Go to full article
Sen. Hillary Clinton at the Democratic Rural Conference
Sen. Hillary Clinton at the Democratic Rural Conference

Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Rally In Lake Placid For Rural Vote

Presidential hopefuls and other Democratic luminaries gathered in Lake Placid over the weekend for a rally held by New York's Democratic Rural Conference. The group hopes to focus attention on rural issues--everything from farm policy to poverty to acid rain. As Brian Mann reports, the gathering was also a chance for Democrats to test their stump speeches, as they try to win back small-town America. For individual audio, see the link below.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Democratic Chair to Run for Lt. Governor

St. Lawrence County Democratic Committee Chairman Steven Burke says he'll run for Lieutenant Governor next year. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

NYS Democratic Party Chair Visits North

The head of the state Democratic Party visited the North Country this week--boosting the morale of local Democrats.  Go to full article

Cuomo Debuts at North Country Democratic Fundraiser

North Country Democrats this weekend got their first look at one of their choices for the 2002 race for governor. Former Housing and Urban Development secretary Andrew Cuomo charged up Democrats in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties with promises of an economic rebound, traditional liberal values, and renewed attention for an area often lost in downstate issues. David Sommerstein attended a fundraiser Friday night in Pierrepont Manor.  Go to full article

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