Feb 27, 2014 — 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
Dec 13, 2002 — The New York State Senate will soon vote on a gay and lesbian rights bill that prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and other areas based on a person's sexual orientation. As Karen Dewitt reports, there is lobbying in Albany to kill or amend the bill from two distinctly different groups. Go to full article
Nov 15, 2002 — The New York Senate is set next month to pass a bill that would give gays and lesbians equal rights in employment, housing and other areas. Now, transgendered groups say the bill should be amended to include them, as well. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
Jun 25, 2002 — The New York State Senate adjourned without acting on a bill to ban smoking in restaurants across the state. While the Senate leader says talks will continue, anti-smoking advocates are disappointed. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
Mar 29, 2002 — On Monday, New York will have a late budget for the 18th year in a row now that state lawmakers have left Albany for the spring holidays without finishing a spending plan. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
Mar 27, 2002 — The New York State Senate has passed a bill that would require priests and other clergy to report evidence of child sexual abuse. It was passed in response to the growing sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
Mar 14, 2002 — State lawmakers said they needed to agree on revenue numbers by yesterday in order to have an on-time budget. This self-imposed deadline came and went, though, with no accord reached. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article