Aubertine, Senate Pass Historic Reforms


New Senate rules to weaken partisan gridlock, empower Senators to better serve constituents

ALBANY (July 16, 2009)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today applauded the passing of important and historic reforms that will empower all 62 Senators to better serve their constituents regardless of political party or position within the chamber.


Senator Adams Letter to Constituents Regarding the State Senate

Dear Constituent:

One of my favorite pastimes is working on a community garden project.  I find it particularly rewarding labor, although it does come with the challenging task of continually fighting pesky weeds.  No matter what you do, they always pop up somewhere among the desired trees and flowers. 


Joint Statement by Senate President Malcolm A. Smith, Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., Deputy Majority Leader Jeffrey Klein, Conference Leader John Sampson and Minority Leader Dean Skelos

This morning we have achieved real, historic reforms to make the state Senate more open, accountable and inclusive.   These changes will empower all 62 Senators to serve the best interests of their constituents.  

After months of discussion, we put these reforms into the Senate rules and began the process of restoring the peoples’ faith and confidence in our state government.   No longer will the Senate be run by leaders making all the decisions.  


Historic Senate Rules Reform, Sponsored by Senator Valesky, Passes Senate

ALBANY, N.Y.--The State Senate adopted historic and sweeping rules reform, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), which will transform Senate operations, decentralize long-held leader control, and give each member of the house, regardless of party, fair opportunity to influence the legislative process.


Senate Passes Historic Rules Resolution Sponsored by Smith/Valesky

Last night the Senate passed a historic resolution that reforms the operating rules of the chamber, fulfilling promises made by Senator Smith in 2007 and the opening of session and  following the recommendations made by the Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform in its report on April 21, 2009.

More on the rules later; attached is the rules resolution.


2009-2010 Senate Rules.pdf


Senate Dems In No Rush On Mayoral Control

By Elizabeth Benjamin: The Daily Politics

We could be in for another long day here at the Capitol. Key Democratic senators told the DN's Glenn Blain they are still awaiting word from Team Bloomberg as to whether any amendments to the Assembly mayoral control bill are acceptable. It remains unclear if the measure will be voted on today.


Senate Passes Ban on Texting While Driving

Prohibits the use of portable electronic devices while driving

(Albany, NY)- Today, the New York State Senate passed S3619A/Dilan,  legislation that will make New York’s roads and highways safer by, among other provisions, banning the practice of texting and using other electronic devices while driving.

In addition to the texting ban, the legislation includes a number of important provisions that will make the roadways safer by implementing sensible requirements for young drivers, including:

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