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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
NY Sen. Darrel Aubertine
NY Sen. Darrel Aubertine

Aubertine supports power sharing, for Power for Jobs

(TEXT ONLY) The fight for control of the state Senate enter its 12th day today. There were negotiations behind closed doors yesterday. And the Republicans-plus-one coalition members convened in the Senate, but didn't have the quorum necessary to do business. That briefly focused a bright light of speculation on North Country Democrat Darrel Aubertine.

Rules of the chamber require a quorum of 32 Senators. But the Democratic and Republican-dominated voting blocs are evenly split, 31-31. And Democrats have refused to physically enter the Senate chamber since the coalition "coup" last week.

Yesterday, it appeared Aubertine would enter the chamber. Republican leader Dean Skelos says Aubertine asked the coalition to vote on renewing "Power for Jobs." The program ensures low-cost electricity for companies employing large numbers of workers in the North Country.

Speaking with reporters yesterday afternoon, Skelos said he asked Aubertine to join them in the chamber, "but he's opted not to."

Aubertine confirmed to the Albany Times Union that he was prepared to work with Republicans in order to renew "Power for Jobs." Spokesman Drew Mangione says that action was contingent on a bipartisan power agreement only. He said Aubertine was never considering becoming part of a Dean Skelos- or Pedro Espada-led coalition.

Yesterday afternoon, Aubertine issued a statement calling Democrat Espada's leadership role "unacceptable" and demanded that his title be revoked.  Go to full article

Sen. Little promises to win back "Republican" 20th CD seat

Kirsten Gillibrand's rise has opened a full-on battle to fill her House seat. At least four top Republicans have thrown their hats into the ring. They include Assembly minority leader James Tedisco, former gubernatorial candidate John Faso, and state Senator Betty Little. Senator Little faces an early test today, when Republican leaders from across the 20th district meet to discuss an endorsement. Little spoke with Brian Mann about the race.  Go to full article

New York looks to a "fascinating" fall election

New York's political world is now looking forward to the November elections. Primary voting this week produced mixed results. Karen DeWitt sifts through the tea leaves to see if there are any trends for the fall.  Go to full article
NYS Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury)
NYS Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury)

Little says Bruno retirement won't cost GOP control of Senate

Senator Joe Bruno's surprise announcement this week that he won't seek re-election raises new questions about the Republican Party's ability to hold its one-seat majority in the November elections. Democrats enjoy a lopsided advantage in terms of voter enrollment and fundraising. The GOP is also burdened by President George Bush's rock-bottom approval ratings. Brian Mann checked in with North Country Senator Betty Little, who says she hopes Bruno will help support Republican candidates through the end of the year.  Go to full article
Darrel Aubertine (L) and Will Barclay
Darrel Aubertine (L) and Will Barclay

Barclay, Aubertine spar over drivers license plan

Governor Spitzer still hasn't officially called a special election to fill Senator Jim Wright's seat in Albany. But that hasn't stopped Republican Will Barclay and Democrat Darrel Aubertine from attacking each other already. The candidates are sparring over Spitzer's failed drivers license plan. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Darrell Aubertine with supporters in Watertown Saturday.
Darrell Aubertine with supporters in Watertown Saturday.

Aubertine enters Senate race

The battle for Jim Wright's State Senate seat is set. Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine ended weeks of speculation Saturday and announced he's going to run. The Democrat from Cape Vincent held events in Oswego, Canton, and on his home turf in Watertown. That's where David Sommerstein was to file this report.  Go to full article

Wright leaving NY Senate after 15 years

One of the North Country's state senate seats is up for grabs next year. Republican Senator James Wright confirmed yesterday he'll resign on December 31st to join a national lobbying and consulting firm. Wright's district includes all of Jefferson and Oswego counties and part of St. Lawrence County. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Griffo looking for specifics

Joe Griffo is watching Albany from the inside the state Senate for the first time. Griffo was elected in November to represent the district stretching north from the Utica area to Massena. He succeeds his fellow Republican Ray Meier, who stepped down to run, unsuccessfully, for Congress. Like Meier, Griffo came to the state senate from the office of Oneida County executive. Before that, he was mayor of Rome for three terms. Griffo is one of only two new Republicans joining the majority in the Senate; this week he was named chair of the Senate Election Committee. He also will serve on the higher education, environmental conservation and energy committees, among others. He was in our studios yesterday. He told Martha Foley he's encouraged by the new spirit of cooperation in Albany, and new initiatives to reform ethics laws and the budget process. But he's looking for progress on specifics.  Go to full article

Little, Duprey score GOP wins

Republican state Senator Betty Little claimed victory Tuesday night in her re-election bid against Democratic challenger Dr. Tim Merrick. Meanwhile, Republican Clinton County Treasurer Janet Duprey is headed to Albany after winning election to the state Assembly . As Chris Knight reports, the winning candidates relied on their records and experience to gain the support of voters.  Go to full article

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