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Ex-Senate leader Bruno’s biography will lead off with Spitzer

Former Senate majority leader Sen. Joseph Bruno, in

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ALBANY -- One of the most powerful state Senate majority leaders in New York history said he is working on a book of his political life, and the first chapter will be on former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

“I’m anxious to tell that story from my point of view, truthfully,” former state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno (R-Brunswick) told WGDJ-AM in Albany. Bruno, 85, whose conviction on federal corruption...

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Fresh off election victories, Skelos re-elected as Senate leader

State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) speaks at

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[UPDATED with Skelos re-election now official]

Fresh off election victories that saw them take outright control of the chamber, Senate Republicans on Monday re-elected Sen. Dean Skelos as their leader.

Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) has been the Senate helm for the last two years with Senate co-leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) under an unusual power-sharing agreement between Republicans and...

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Senate Republicans will confab Monday; won't take up judicial nomination

From left, Republican state Sens. Jack Martins, Kemp

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Senate Republicans will return to the State Capitol on Monday for a closed-door conference to start putting together postelection plans.

Democrats aren’t slated to return to Albany and there is no full session planned, even though a judicial confirmation sits in limbo.

The GOP is sure to be upbeat after regaining outright control of the Senate. Republicans picked up a net gain of two...

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Top court keeps Libertarian in Senate race, dismisses Marcellino challenge

New York’s top court has allowed Libertarian candidate Georgina Bowman stay on the ballot to challenge Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) and Democrat Bruce Kennedy in a district that straddles Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The Court of Appeals on Thursday declined to hear a case, brought by Marcellino allies, that attempted to disqualify Bowman. In doing so, the top court let stand a mid-court...

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Skelos makes fight for Senate majority even thornier

ALBANY _ The high-stakes game of which party will control the state Senate just got another wild card.

Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) on Thursday supported the minor party campaign of Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), which was forced by Grisanti’s loss in September’s Republican primary.

Grisanti’s loss in September was immediately seen as a boost to the chances for...

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