2015 Legislative Agenda

At his post-election celebration this week, Gov. Cuomo identified a number of progressive priorities for his second term: raising the minimum wage, the DREAM Act, the women’s equality package and public financing of political campaigns.

But with the Republicans poised to regain control of the State Senate in January, Gov. Cuomo may find new challenges in fulfilling these aspects of his agenda. The Senate Republicans are likely to continue to support limiting state spending growth and cutting taxes. With the Assembly firmly under Democratic control and the Senate lead by Republicans, Gov. Cuomo is likely to find himself in the position of centrist dealmaker.

We’re OK with New York “staying the course” that Gov. Cuomo has charted since taking office in 2011. We need to continue to hold the line on state spending, avoid tax increases and try to make Upstate a place where businesses can prosper.

We were very pleased that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s effort to put the Senate Democrats back in control of the Senate fell flat. The alternative – going back to crazy tax and spend days of 2009 and 2010 – would have simply been too much to bear.

Three Assembly Races Remains Unresolved

These Assembly races have not yet been decided, and will require the counting of absentee and affidavit ballots in order to determine the winner. The process could take weeks if no one concedes, but the outcome of these races will not impact the overall make-up of the Assembly.

  • In the 98th Assembly District (A.D.), which includes parts of Rockland and Orange counties, Democrat Elisa Tutini holds a 10 vote lead over Republican Karl Brabenec. This seat became vacant in 2014 when Republican Ann Rabbit became Orange County clerk.
  • In the 106th A.D., which includes parts of Dutchess and Columbia counties, incumbent Democrat Didi Barrett has a 101 vote lead over Republican Michael Kelsey.
  • In the 116th A.D., which includes parts of Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties, Republican challenger John Byrne leads incumbent Democrat Addie Russell by 117 votes.