State Senate

Bellone Endorses Lunsford For State Senate

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone on Thursday is set to endorse Democratic state Senate candidate Jen Lunsford for the Rochester-area district that is being vacated by Republican Rich Funke.

Lunsford is making her second bid for the state Senate in 2020.

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Funke Joins Growing List Of State Senate Republican Departures

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Sen. Rich Funke became the latest Republican to announce retirement plans by the end of next year.

Funke, a Republican elected in 2014 to a Democratic-leaning seat in the Rochester area, quoted the Bible, saying “for everything in life there is season. There is a time for a beginning, there is a time to end. I’ve always believed that.”

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Child Victims Advocate Eyes Run For SD-46

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gary Greenberg for years was fed up with the state Senate and the stalled Child Victims Act, a proposal that is meant to make it easier for the survivors of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits.

Greenberg is a victim of childhood abuse himself. But as an adult, he has money. And with that money came some power to move the needle on the issue in Albany.

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32BJ SEIU Endorses Gianaris’s Re-Election

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The re-election of Sen. Mike Gianaris, the deputy majority leader for the Democratic conference, was endorsed on Thursday by union 32BJ SEIU.

“We are proud to endorse Senator Mike Gianaris for re-election,” said union President Kyle Bragg.

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Door Cracks Open Further To Tax Hike For Rich

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Middle-income earners and working class New Yorkers should not take the brunt of closing a $6.1 billion budget gap, but there’s a “discussion to be had” over whether richer people should be asked to pay more, Sen. Mike Gianaris said in an interview Wednesday on NY1’s Inside City Hall.

“I think there’s a discussion to be had about whether we want to focus on some of the wealthier individuals in the state who can certainly afford to contribute a little bit more when times are tough,” he said when asked about a potential tax increase. “But that’s something we haven’t resolved yet.”

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Robach Becomes Latest GOP Senate Retirement

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Republican Sen. Joe Robach on Wednesday became the latest GOP state lawmaker in the chamber to announce he will not seek re-election in 2020.

Robach joins Sens. Betty Little, George Amedore and Michael Razenhofer in the last several weeks in announcing his retirement plans.

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Republicans Face Hurdles For NY Senate Comeback

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

For just over 10 minutes on Wednesday morning, Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan answered virtually the same, albeit differently worded question over and over again from reporters: How can you retake the majority amid a wave of departures?

Flanagan insists he isn’t waving the white flag.

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NY-17: Carlucci Receives Construction Trades Council Nod

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Sen. David Carlucci on Monday received the endorsement of the Rockland County Building and Construction Trade Council in his bid for the Democratic nomination in the 17th congressional district.

“I am proud to have the support of the hardworking men and women of the Rockland County Building and Construction Trades Council,” Carlucci said.

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Stewart-Cousins Says ‘First Fallback’ Won’t Be To Raise Taxes

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Raising new revenue through taxes is not the “first fallback” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Monday told reporters during a retreat of the Democratic conference.

The state faces a $6.1 billion budget gap ahead of the state budget due March 31, fueled in large part by a gap in Medicaid spending.

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