ALBANY – The details that will guide the State Senate’s newly formed coalition leadership beginning in 2013 are still being worked out. That’s according to State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, who says that all agenda items were up for discussion between his conference and the five-member Independent Democratic Conference. Whether the talks would lead to specific legislative proposals making their way to the Senate floor was a different matter.
As a result of the November elections, Republicans will control at least 31 of the 63 seats in the state Senate – with two races still being tallied, including the 46th Senate District Race in the Albany area between Assemblyman George Amedore and Cecilia Tkaczyk. Both sides in that race are acting as though they’ve won.
On Tuesday, Amedore took part in a GOP gathering — just as Tkaczyk had joined with freshman Democrats at the State Capitol on Monday. Regardless of the outcome of the race, the Senate Majority Coalition will have control of the upper chamber because of the 5 independent democrats who will also be a part of the group.