NY State Senate: Meeting again. But, I can’t watch.

Please, for updates and the latest, go to the blog at the Times Union: here. They also allow comments. You can submit anonymously and they simply approve (all of mine seem to have been approved.) As for the NY State Senate: First the Democrats accepted “Monserrate” back into the fold – the one accused of […]

Fri. June 26: NY State Senate coup update

KW: Seems to be that the Democratic officials are whimping out, and willing to let Espada-the-traitor save face. As a voter from NY (who dislikes the Dems and Reps, but the Reps more), I am not pleased: Check out the full story at: The Capitol Confidential blog/Time Union Leaders nearing deal, fractured Dems sticking point […]

78% of people in the know don’t like the NY State Senate

A NY State Senate update on Monday morning, June 22nd… The Siena poll is: here. Over at the Daily Politics blog, Elizabeth Benjamin posted a fascinating new Siena poll. It shows the favorable/unfavorable rating of characters and entities involved in NY State government. You can see how people feel about Hiram Monserrate, Pedro Espada, Dean […]

NY State Senate Coup: Leaving women’s rights behind

Some of the reasons for the NY State Senate coup that I have heard floated are: Republicans getting fierce about redistricting coming up;  the vote on same-sex marriage coming up; personality conflicts among Democratic State Senators with their leadership; and some NYC business related to budgets and tenants issues. Though, knowing how few women are […]

NY State Senate update: Afternoon, Mon. June 15

As per news reported at the Time Union/Capitol Confidential and the Daily News/Elizabeth Benjamin’s blog: Instead of meeting the judges 1pm deadline to hammer everything out, all the parties did agree to a recess until 10am tomorrow, and that seemed to satisfy the judge for now. The Governor had tried to call a meeting of […]

You are to blame for Albany’s mess

Columnist Greg David wrote an excellent, if blunt and uncomfortable, reflection on the coup in the NY State Senate. I would also add to his list of why WE the people of NY are to blame. (See my thoughts at bottom.) – KW (excerpt from) Crain’s NY Business You are to blame for Albany’s mess […]

Thurs. June 11th eve update: NY State Senate

Summary of what is going on, garnished from the Daily News Daily Politics blog, the Times Union Capitol Confidential blog, and Justine at Pisces Cafe: The Democrats went to court in the morning and got nothing. The Republicans met in the State Senate Chamber, but it was mostly ceremony, with no voting. The Democrats went […]

Thursday, June 11th morning update: Senate Coup

Around 9am, this just in at Daily News blog: …Attorneys representing the apparently deposed majority leader [Malcolm Smith] are right now in court in Troy, according to Smith spokesman Austin Shafran with whom I spoke very briefly this morning… …Apparently, what the Democrats are seeking is for a judge to declare that Smith is still […]

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