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Independent Dems to end Senate majority coalition with GOP

ALBANY -- The state Senate's Independent Democratic Conference in a surprise move Wednesday said it will end its historic, bipartisan coalition with Republicans to form a Democratic coalition to run the chamber next year.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo applauded the move, which could end the last bastion of power for Republicans in state government. Republican senators under co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville...

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Angry NY Senate Republicans vow they aren’t done yet

ALBANY -- After perhaps Albany’s strangest coup, this time by Democrats to take over the Senate majority next year, angry Republicans vowed to fight back.

“It’s unfortunate that Mayor de Blasio, the radical Working Families Party and their co-conspirators in the Senate Democratic Conference are attempting to take control of the New York State Senate,” said Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville...

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Unions praise Democrats' plan to take over NY Senate

ALBANY _ Some unions that could benefit from additional state spending and progressive legislation under a Senate controlled by Democrats praised Wednesday’s announcement that could lead to Democratic control of the chamber.

The 32BJ Service Employees International Union with 80,000 members said the change would “advance a statewide agenda for working families and their communities.”


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Liberal maverick says Senate move is result of progressive pressure

ALBANY — Liberal candidate for governor Zephyr Teachout said the move toward a Democratic Senate majority shows the power of progressive pressure.

“The agreement shows that pressure, such as the challenge of my campaign, is the way to move Gov. Cuomo to embrace core Democratic values,” Teachout said. She plans to challenge Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in a Democratic primary in September.


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IDC says it will leave GOP coalition to form Dem Senate majority

ALBANY _ The five-member Independent Democratic Conference in a surprise move on Wednesday committed leaving its historic, bipartisan coalition with Republicans to strike a new bargain with Democrats after the November elections.

“All IDC members are united and agree to work together to form a new majority coalition between the Independent Democratic Conference and the Senate Democratic Conference...

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Giuliani endorses Cahill for state attorney general

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

ALBANY -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday endorsed fellow Republican John Cahill in his bid to become state attorney general.

“John Cahill is exactly what we need in Albany,” said Giuliani, who became “America’s mayor” after the 2001 terrorist attacks. “He has the experience, the balance, the judgment and the background to be an extraordinary attorney general.”


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Cuomo-Astorino rhetoric heats up

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, left, delivers

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll, File)

ALBANY -- The campaign rhetoric of New York's governor's race is already starting to sound like a country song, full of swagger and accusations of lying and cheating.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's latest campaign ad accuses his Republican opponent, Rob Astorino, of breaking a tax-cut promise and being untrustworthy. Astorino's campaign is dialing voters in robocalls that accuse Cuomo of cheating...

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Amid Senate chatter, Klein, de Blasio meet

 With elections looming, State Senate co-leader Jeff Klein met Monday with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, sparking speculation about the future of Klein’s group of breakaway Democrats.

  Klein (D-Bronx) and his five-member Independent Democratic Conference share Senate power with 29 Republicans, including Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre). Klein is facing pressure...

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DiNapoli gets another union endorsement in comptroller race

ALBANY -- Democratic state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli received another politically influential endorsement Tuesday when he was backed by the The United Food and Commercial Workers union.

The endorsement follows other key support for Democrats running statewide by the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, Working Families Party and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.


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NY borrows $1.2 billion under new, improved credit rating

(Updates with Republican candidate Rob Astorino's comment)

ALBANY -- The state borrowed $1.2 billion Tuesday under its new and improved credit rating which Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said is expected to save taxpayers’ money in interest payments.

Fitch Ratings raised the state’s credit rating to AA-plus with a stable outlook on Friday after Moody’s Investor Services raised its rating...

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