Senate Republicans Name Committee Chairs


Senate Republicans are out with their list of committee assignments today — which come with stipends as high as $41,500 for Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and as low as $12,500 for Senate Housing Committee Chair Cathy Young.

Republicans didn’t include any Democrats for committee chairmanships, even though Democrats had named a few Republicans to chair posts last year, including Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, Niagara County, as Energy Committee chairman and the late Sen. Thomas Morahan as chairman of the Mental Health Committee.

And none of the independent caucus members received any chairmanships.

Maziarz is staying as Energy Committee chairman, which comes with a $12,500 stipend. All lawmakers get paid a base salary of $79,500.

Several Republicans are returning to committee chairmanships they held when Republicans were in the majority prior to 2009. Long Island Sen. Kemp Hannon is returning to his long-time post as Health Committee chairman; Sen. James Alesi is returning as Economic Development Committee chairman, which comes with a $12,500 stipend; and Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-Fayette, Seneca County, is returning as head of the Crime and Corrections Committee, which also comes with a $12,500 stipend.

Some newcomers have committee assignments: Sen. Patty Ritchie of the North Country was named head of the Agriculture Committee, a post held by her Democratic predecessor Darrel Aubertine; Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, a former Air Force officer, was named chairman of the Veterans and Homeland Security Committee, a post once held by his predecessor Sen. Vincent Leibell. Sen. Thomas O’Mara was named chairman of the Elections Committee.

Here’s the full list:



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  1. I am happy that Senator Greg Ball has been selected to serve as Chairman of the NYS Senate Veterans and Homeland Security Committee. I believe Senator Ball’s energy, his love for his country, his desire to serve his district and his passion for the military and those who served make him a great choice to serve as Chairman of this important committee.

  2. When Sen.Ball was in the assembly, he was on some veteran committee and many of us veterans were not so pleased. Now lets see how he does as a senator. If he is like when he was in the assembly, we are in for nothing. Mr. Leibell apparently had some charges and that is ashame, but he was really helpful to veterans.

  3. Mr. Leibell “had some charges”? We’re not talking shoplifting here, or getting into a bar-fight, or some paperwork doop, Leibell was shaking down the not-for-profits that he pushed millions of taxpayer dollars into. Vinny brought home the bacon, but he got 30% of the bacon. And hopefully Lodes is running his mouth about other corruption involving Vinny. I’m sure Vinny is cooperating, which means other Vinnylovers are scared spit. That man was a cancer, and that cancer spread to other Vinnylovers that Leibell supported. We need to eradicate the cancer. Greg Ball is hardworking and energetic, and despite the Kaplowitz garbage, Greg’s office always helped when it could. Greg Ball is on his way up, he’s a fine young man, and he didn’t deserve all the lashing by Leibell and his minions. Greg Ball will continue to do a fine job.

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