Albany Update

June 17, 2009

Dear Friend,

The last two weeks in Albany have taught me that no matter how dysfunctional I thought this place was, it really was possible for it to get worse.  I assure you that I share your frustration over the current power struggle and the failure of the Democratic majority to act on important issues that matter to the daily lives of New Yorkers.  While things are still in flux, I wanted to give you my perspective on what happened and what it all means.


Court Recognizes Only The Election Of Senator Smith As Temporary President Of The Senate, Says Senate Must Decide

(Albany, NY)- Today, the Albany County Supreme Court ruled that the issue of control over the State Senate was for the Senate to decide and not the court. The court also recognized only the validity of the January 7, 2009 election of Senator Malcolm A. Smith as Temporary President of the New York State Senate. 


Revised Bi-Partisan Operating Agreement and Letter

Attached please find a letter from Senators Smith and Sampson and a revised proposal for a Bipartisan Operating Agreement for the New York State Senate, effective until 11:59pm on Monday, June 22, unless otherwise extended by the parties.


Senator Aubertine and Senate Democrats: Let’s Put Politics Aside, Get Back to Work

Court asks lawmakers to create power sharing agreement, Espada-led GOP refuses fair deal

ALBANY (June 16, 2009)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine said today that the Senate must move beyond new Senate Republican Leader Pedro Espada’s power grab and get back to work on important legislation to create and sustain jobs, provide flexibility for school districts and local governments, and provide substantive property tax relief.


Judge McNamara's June 16, 2009 Decision in Smith v. Espada

Justice McNamara issued a decision in the case on June 16, 2009.  The ruling dismissed the matter while explicitly declining to rule on the validity of either party's claim to Senate leadership.  A copy of the decision is available here.

Image caption: Counsel for Senators Smith and Espada gathered around Judge McNamara in the court room.


Judge McNamara's Decision is Smith v. Espada

Here is the judge's June 16, 2009 decision in .pdf form.

Smith v Espada McNamara Decision.pdf


Albany Update

In the aftermath of last week’s failed coup attempt by Senate Republicans, I wanted to give you a brief update on the recent developments in Albany.

As a result of the deadlock caused by Senate Republicans and Senator Pedro Espada during the crucial final weeks of the legislative session, the debate or passage of many of my top legislative priorities has been stalled. Those priorities include the repeal of vacancy decontrol, marriage equality, firearm microstamping, mortgage and pension fraud legislation, the Climate Change Solutions Act, and school governance reform.


Albany's Bungling Politicians Might Learn From State Senate Coup Chaos

By Michael Daly

Feature article in The Daily News

We go from three men in a room to 62 buffoons in a chamber, from the country's most dysfunctional state Legislature to a Legislature that does not function at all.

"It's gone from dysfunctional to laughable," said Lawrence Norden of the Brennan Center for Justice. "It's embarrassing."


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