Tag: New York State Senate

Andrew Cuomo wants to be President. He's going for that promotion.
New York

Is Andrew Cuomo Running for President? (Yes)

Want to understand what Andrew Cuomo is doing? It's simple--he's running for President. The only way to interpret his actions is to see them in that light. His father, Mario Cuomo, infamously left two planes waiting at the airport, all ready to fly him to New Hampshire to announce his campaign. But he vacillated, earning the…

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The three men in a room: Cuomo, Flanagan, and Heastie.
AnalysisNew York

Three (or Four) Men in a Room and When It Breaks Down

New York State politics is often derided as "three men in a room" making a decision. Whatever is agreed upon by those three men--the Governor (Andrew Cuomo), State Senate leader (currently, Republican John Flanagan), and the Assembly speaker (currently, Democrat Carl Heastie)--becomes law. With the Independent Democratic Conference in the Senate, it's now grown to four men…

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Balancing or in Danger?

Immigrants in danger, Bill de Blasio balancing competing demands, Republicans balancing ideological purity while in danger of losing the State Senate, and more. Want to get this as an email every week? Sign up!

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. John Flanagan are at odds over opioids.
AnalysisState Senate

Republicans Struggle to Maintain Their Grip on the State Senate

Republicans control the State Senate but it's a tenuous hold. Even though there are 32 Democratic State Senators and 31 Republicans, Republicans hold power thanks to nine Democrats, mostly in the Independent Democratic Conference, who support them. Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Long Island), a moderate in the Republican camp, has been able to work with…

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