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Betty Little out of NY 21

State Senator Betty Little confirmed yesterday that she won't seek the North Country's House seat. The Republican from Queensbury says she intends to run again for the state senate.  Go to full article
Sen. Sampson has failed to move forward a legislative agenda that New Yorkers care about.

Four Dems split from Senate leadership

The Senate Democratic conference, now in the minority in that house, just got four seats smaller. As Karen DeWitt reports, a new faction of Democrats says Senator John Sampson has "failed" as leader, and announced they are forming their own independent Democratic caucus.  Go to full article
The Republican members of the Senate represent upstate more than the Democrat members do—and I think this will bring more balance.

GOP resurgence could boost North Country clout in Albany

When New York's legislature convenes next session, Republicans will once again hold a razor-thin majority in the state Senate. That could give the North Country more influence at the capitol. All three North Country senators, Joe Griffo, Patty Ritchie, and Betty Little, are Republicans.

The stronger North Country voice comes as important decisions are being made, decisions that will have deep impact in the region: funding for healthcare and schools and the future of state facilities like prions and Sunmount.
Martha Foley spoke with Brian Mann about the coming shift in power.  Go to full article

Judge sets deadlines for state Senate races

The state's chief judge has issued an order to all judges involved in the legal wrangles over three undecided State Senate races. Judge Jonathan Lippman says all court action must be done by the end of the year.  Go to full article

One on one with Gov. David Paterson

Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt sat down with Gov. David Paterson for an exclusive interview yesterday, after the governor had delivered his new revenue bills, and the lawmakers had refused to accept them. The bills lay in stacks in the halls of the capitol as they spoke.  Go to full article
Gov. Paterson begins the vetoes. Photo: Karen DeWitt.
Gov. Paterson begins the vetoes. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Gov. says no to more negotiations

Governor David Paterson this morning began the lengthy process of vetoing the nearly 6,900 line items the legislature added to its budget bills. He said, in no uncertain terms, that he's done negotiating. Karen DeWitt has more on the continuing struggle between Paterson and state lawmakers over the final stages of New York's budget.  Go to full article
New York State's capitol building.
New York State's capitol building.

Internal politics complicates state Senate budget work

Governor Paterson has issued a third round of bills to keep New York State government running as the state enters a third week with no budget. He's authorizing only the bare minimum of spending necessary to keep the state running. He's already held up construction projects, and state worker raises of four percent that were to have taken effect this month.Unions have filed a grievance. In addition, the governor is withholding an over $2 billion dollar payment to schools, saying New York is short on cash.

The legislature left town last week without progress on the budget. When they come back today, they'll have to agree on Governor Paterson's latest round of spending extenders, or risk a government shut down.

But building animosity is getting in the way of real budget progress. Partisan bickering was particularly bad in the state Senate, where the fight for control of the chamber in the November elections is intense. Democrats and Republican aren't talking to each other much, but they're talking abouteach other plenty. Karen DeWitt has more on the impact of the state Senate's internal politics.  Go to full article

In Albany: Senate Dems push budget reform, Senate GOP pushes back

New York's budget is late -- again -- and getting later. While talks go on, the new Democratic majority leaders in the state Senate say they never really understood how bad the traditional process for writing New York's budgets was, and now that they're in the thick of it themselves, they want change. Republicans, who presided over the Senate for 40 some years, are scoffing. Karen DeWitt has today's story from the capitol.  Go to full article
Dueling "sessions." Led simultaneously by Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins at the rostrum, Republican George Winner on the floor.
Dueling "sessions." Led simultaneously by Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins at the rostrum, Republican George Winner on the floor.

After a lock down and a walk out, Paterson says Senators should be punished

Governor Paterson's attempts to force a meeting of the state Senate degenerated into confusion and chaos. The warring factions held dueling sessions in the Senate chamber. Senators passed numerous bills but the Governor's lawyers questioned the legality of the proceedings. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Aubertine has hopes for Senate session

Speculation that North Country Democrat Darrel Aubertine might join the GOP-dominated coalition in the state Senate built Thursday when he talked with Republicans about a temporary power sharing strategy to move bills through the deadlocked Senate.(see related story)

Speaking from back in his district this morning, he told Martha Foley he was interested in a temporary plan to move bills through the Senate in the next few days. He said the deal broke down when Republicans refused to "back away" from their insistence that renegade Democratic Senator Pedro Espada remain as Senate president Pro Tem, even when Democrats were having their turn at controlling the chamber.

Aubertine said talks are continuing, and that he has hopes the Senate will be able to work out a way to cooperate to get critical legislation through this session. Here's their conversation.  Go to full article

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