on February 26, 2014 at 2:43 PM, updated February 26, 2014 at 3:43 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - State Sen. David Valeksy said it's hard to say whether today's move by another senator to leave the chamber's Democratic conference signals a growing wave of dissatisfaction within the caucus.
Valesky, D-Oneida, said he believes Sen. Tony Avella's decision to join the Independent Democratic Conference further solidifies the move he and three other Downstate senators made in 2011 when they broke away from their traditional conference.
By Teri Weaver on January 07, 2015 at 2:52 PM, updated January 07, 2015 at 2:55 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Republicans officially took full control of the New York State Senate today, but they committed to continuing a special, if not equal, relationship with a small group of breakaway Democrats including Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida.
Sen. Dean Skekos, R-Rockville Centre, was re-elected as the Republican's majority leader, an expected move that puts him in charge of the Albany chamber.
But the Independent Democratic Conference still has advantages over a larger group of mainstream Democrats.
By Teri Weaver on January 08, 2015 at 5:17 PM, updated January 08, 2015 at 5:18 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Without last year's power-sharing arrangement between the New York State Senate and breakaway Democrats, it's hard to imagine that allowing marijuana for medical use would now be state law, according to Sen. David Valesky.
"You can't say if there wasn't a coalition, it wouldn't have happened," Valesky, D-Oneida, said. "But I think you can say, absent the coalition as it existed last year, I feel comfortable saying that it is highly unlikely that that statute would be on the books now."
The downfall of State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has led to a call for new reforms in state government, a campaign that could lead to a budget impasse. As Bill Carey reports, lawmakers believe they can avoid a budget stalemate by reaching a deal with the governor before the April 1 deadline.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has been on the road to warn that timely budgets are less important than a trustworthy government in Albany.
When state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) first joined the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of rogue Democrats in the state Senate, he praised the group for its ability to overcome partisan lines and get things done.
Now that Republicans have the majority in the upper chamber of the state Senate, he concedes “the jury might still be out” on whether the IDC remains relevant.
But he insists that the group is still relevant, saying that it continues to have a working relationship with the Republican conference and still has influence.
State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting a Community Resources Fair on Thursday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to raise awareness of the many community services available through various governmental and nonprofit organizations. The agencies listed below will have tables at the fair and provide important information on health care and health insurance, financial planning for college, emergency preparedness and fire safety, family planning, housing, voting, small business development, veterans services, and more, as well as offer giveaways. A representative from the Office of the State Comptroller will assist attendees with Unclaimed Funds searches.