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The Assembly Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development and Codes committees moved forward as expected Tuesday legislation that would legalize pro-mixed martial arts bouts in New York. The votes send the legislation onto the Ways and Means Committee, which is scheduled to meet off the floor during session on Tuesday. Comment?
Republican Chris McGrath made official Wednesday his run for the Long Island state Senate seat vacated upon the conviction of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. McGrath, the former head of the Nassau County Bar Association picked by county Republicans last month, called the race for the 9th district seat "the most important election in New York state history." Comment?
Todd Kaminsky, a freshman assemblyman from Long Island's south shore, made official Sunday a bid for the state Senate seat vacated by former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos in December. The former federal prosecutor, a Democrat, was immediately endorsed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said Kaminsky "fought to uphold the law and bring justice to those who break it as a former federal prosecutor, and he's continued that commitment by fighting for stronger ethics laws in the state legislature." Comment?
State Senate Republicans are hitting back at potential Democratic Senate candidate Todd Kaminsky's harsh criticisms of convicted former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos' move to begin collecting his pension. "Self-professed reformer Todd Kaminsky is a fraud and a phony," Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reif said in an emailed statement Wednesday morning. Comment?
Rarely will you find close observers of the New York State Senate holding it up as a model of functional government. But, then, it's not often that we compare it to the U.S. House of Representatives. Comment?
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