Senator Explains Why He Will Remain a Member of the Independent Democratic Conference

The Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) split from the regular Democratic conference in 2011.  In 2012 and 2013, the IDC was part of a power-sharing agreement with the Senate Republicans.  For 2015, the Senate Republicans have won 32 seats, which will enable them to control the Senate without having to enter into a governing coalition.

Senator David Carlucci (D-Clarkstown) explained in a recent newspaper editorial why he will remain a member of the IDC in 2015.  He cited four years of “real results,” including eliminating a $13 billion state budget deficit, cutting state taxes to 58-year lows, increasing school funding, raising the minimum wage and capping real property taxes.

While we do not agree with all of Senator Carlucci’s legislative priorities, we applaud his view that lawmakers must move beyond partisan politics and worry about getting real results in Albany.

North Country Democrat Wins Re-Election

With the paper ballot count in the 116th Assembly District complete, incumbent Democrat Addie Russell has been declared the winner over challenger John Byrne.  Byrne held a 117 vote lead on election night, but absentee and affidavit ballots gave Russell a 77 vote lead.

The final margin of victory is not known at this point, because elections officials must still determine the validity of a small number of disputed ballots.