On Saturday, May 15th, Senator Lanza kicked-off of the Great Kills Memorial Day Parade by honoring the 9 winners of his Annual Memorial Day Essay Contest. The winners and their family members gathered at IS 24 and received Best Buy gift cards as prizes.
Two months after he was nominated by Gov. David Paterson, Jay Walder was confirmed today by the Senate in a 47-13 vote that demonstrated bipartisan support for the incoming MTA chief - a rare occurrence in a divided chamber with an inherent mistrust of the beleaguered transit authority.
The Republicans are calling on Gov. David Paterson, Sen. Malcolm Smith, Sen. John Sampson, Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. - any Democrat, really - to exert some power over the Senate Democrats and bring the Assembly mayoral control bill up for a vote.
Here's Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos calling for the bill to at least be allowed out onto the floor, where supporters insist there are sufficient GOP votes to pass it, "in the spirit of reform, transparency, openness and love that existed last night" when the Senate approved the rules resolution.
ALBANY -- State Senate lawmakers in Albany could be headed for an historic power-sharing arrangement if renegade Democratic state Sen. Hiram Monserrate backs off his plan to vote with Senate Republicans.
The Senate Republicans have latched on to a provision in the latest Rockefeller Drug Law reform that lets judges seal offenders records from potential employers in hopes that it will help them win back the majority next fall.