Independent Democratic Conference
The Democratic state senator in the middle of a sweeping corruption scandal, Malcolm Smith of Queens, has been stripped of his position as chairman of the Independent Democratic Conference, said the leader of that group, State Senator Jeff Klein of the Bronx.
A Harlem Democrat is accusing Governor Andrew Cuomo of condoning "plantation politics," by endorsing an arrangement in the State Senate that has effectively blocked black and latino senators from leadership positions in the chamber.
Cuomo tried characterizing his op-ed as casting equal blame on Republicans and Democrats for the failed governance in the New York State Senate. He was not asked about the 2010 comment he madeto reporters where he expressed support for a Democratically-controlled State Senate.
"Two things," he said. "Number one: I support a Democratic majority in the State Senate. Number two: I think what's most important is a functional State Senate. We can't go through a period like we went through, where the Senate was basically dysfunctional."(1)
Someone from Cuomoland contacted me this morning with a complaint about the subject line in my morning email newsletter, which referred to a "Cuomo coalition" now running the State Senate.(3)
He spoke about the IDC's record in Albany and wrote, "In 2013, we will further our progressive Democratic agenda."(1)
"There is a mandate," Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson said in an interview on Inside City Hall last night.(1)
I'm told one of those senators, Simcha Felder, has no meetings scheduled with Republicans nor Democrats, and one isn't expected for some time.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver this morning told Fred Dicker on Talk 1300 radio that he found the idea of Democrats winning back the State Senate "enticing," even though he won't put any fund-raising muscle behind it.