Senate Dems Challenge GOP’s Rule Changes
By Liz Benjamin
Over the past few years, the Senate Democrats became the unwilling poster child for Albany dysfunction – a reputation cemented during the June 2009 coup that shut down state government for an entire month.
When Republicans ousted the Democrats from power last fall, there was an expectation that things in the chamber might return to whatever passes for normal in Albany. After all, the GOP had a lot of experience being in the majority – more than four decades, to be exact – and arguably should at least be able to keep things under control.
We’ll, it looks like we were wrong. This week, intense fights broke out on the Senate floor, and in the Rules Committee. The battles have had nothing to do with policy, bur rather focused on where senators are sitting and how the chamber is run.
Two Democratic state senators, Liz Krueger and Mike Gianaris, joined Liz Benjamin Wednesday to talk more about this.