Member Update: NYS Senate Power Sharing Agreement
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Posted by: Becky Miller
From the Desk of…
Tom Edwards, President
The recent announcement of a power sharing agreement in the NYS Senate will certainly have a major impact on the Senate’s agenda next session. Under the agreement, the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) comprised of 5 Senators and led by Senator Jeff Klein, will rejoin the “regular” Senate Democrats after the elections in November. The IDC had a similar alignment with the Senate Republicans over the past two years. What this means is the Democrats have a good chance of controlling the Senate with Senator Klein sharing the leadership with Senate Democratic Leader, Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
This will also give the Democrats total control of all three branches of government. The last time this scenario played out was the year we faced the WIGS battle in New York, when Governor Paterson took over office and led the fight for wine in grocery stores. If the Democrats are in power of the Senate next year, they will advance their own agenda and it is completely possible that WIGS will be back in the limelight with a real threat of passage, especially if Senator Liz Krueger pursues her bill to allow wine sales in grocery stores. Other Democrats are likely to support her bill and we will have to rely on Senator Klein, the Assembly leadership and Governor Cuomo to remain vigilant in their opposition to WIGS.
If the elections produce the results that they are expected to, and the new power sharing arrangement is enforced, it will be vital to undertake an extreme effort to educate Senate Democrats and line up our allies in the Legislature and the Governor’s Office. We will be watching the elections very carefully as we lay out a strategy for next session. It is important that we are aware of the implications of this new power sharing arrangement and that we are ready to act to fight for our stores.
Our only line of defense is a strong lobbying effort with grassroots mobilization and a fully funded PAC. We will work with our coalition partners at the Last Store on Main Street, Retailers Alliance and Metro, but we must pull our weight.
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