Senate Dems, IDC Squabble


While there are more Democrats in the State Senate than Republicans, five Democrats have joined with the chamber’s Republicans to make up a majority coalition in that house.


Recently, Senate’s Minority Democrats and the four members of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) have been threatening each other with primary challenges in the 2014 elections. IDC leader Jeff Klein (D- Bronx) has reportedly asked former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky to consider running against Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins (D-Yonkers).  And the Senate Democrats have reportedly reached out to former city councilman, Assemblymember and Attorney General Oliver Koppell, asking him to consider a primary challenge to Klein.


Tuesday, Sept. 10 is Primary Day


New York State holds its primary elections tomorrow.  There are no statewide races being contested, but there are a number of high-profile races on the ballot.


Buffalo Mayor


The Democratic race for Mayor includes incumbent Byron Brown and retired FBI agent Bernard Tolbert.  Gov. Cuomo endorsed Brown for re-election this week.


Rochester Mayor


The Democratic race for Mayor includes incumbent Thomas Richards and City Council President Lovely Warren. Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy (who once served in that office) endorsed Richards this week.


Syracuse Mayor


The Democratic race for mayor includes incumbent Stephanie Miner, City Councilor Patrick Hogan and businessman Alfonso Davis.


Albany Mayor


The Democratic race for mayor includes City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan and Corey Ellis, a former city councilman.