ICYMI: Newly-elected Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins was in Albany yesterday to meet with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and assure him that her conference plans to work together “as partners” with their fellow Democrat in the coming legislative session.
Welcome to the fray, Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
Sen. Liz Krueger is the first to release a statement on the ouster of Sen. John Sampson from the minority leader’s post by Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, taking some credit in the process for assisting the Westchester County lawmaker in her second successful attempt at defeating former GOP Sen. Nick Spano in 2006.
With gun control legislation a possible deal breaker for the state Senate majority coalition, Gov. Andrew Cuomo today called gun control a “fundamentally” federal matter, but said states can provide help to stem gun violence.
The National Rifle Association, the nation’s largest gun lobby, donated a combined $21,000 to state legislative candidates and the Conservative Party — a far smaller amount than in the last election cycle that saw more than $100,000 pour in from the Viriginia-based group.
After winning enough seats to wrest the majority from the GOP hands, only to see it slip from his grasp thanks to six disaffected Democrats, Senate Minority Leader John Sampson now has another loss to contend with.
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