State Senate Update

The biggest question in Albany these days is which party will control the State Senate in January.  The Senate will increase to a 63-member body in January, so 32 votes are needed to control the agenda.

Early this week, Senator-elect Simcha Felder, the Orthodox Jew and conservative Democrat who defeated Republican incumbent David Storobin in a newly created district in Brooklyn, said this week that he will caucus the Republicans when he takes his seat.   This gives the Republicans control over 31 seats, with two Senate recounts underway.  32 votes are needed to control the Chamber.

The Democrats have won 31 seats, but four of them are held by an independent coalition of Democrats who may be willing to support Republican Dean Skelos as Senate Majority Leader.

Kolb Re-Elected Assembly Minority Leader

On Wednesday, Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) was re-elected as the State Assembly’s minority leader during a Republican conference held in the Capitol.

Assemblyman Kolb has been a good friend of Unshackle Upstate and the Upstate business community.  We congratulate him, and look forward to working with him and his conference in 2013.