Might this be a preview of the Senate Democrats’ campaign strategy?
Senate Minority Leader John Sampson, D-Brooklyn, sent an email to supporters today detailing his view on the “Tale of Two Sessions,” as he calls the legislative term that will wrap up at years end.
As he puts it, the 2011 legislative session featured the passage of new laws backed by the left (same-sex marriage, stronger rent regulations), while 2012 didn’t touch issues such as the Reproductive Health Act and raising the minimum wage.
“New York State has a proud tradition of progressive leadership. As Governor Cuomo has said, we are a beacon that other states regularly look to and this past year we failed to live up to our responsibility,” Sampson wrote. “We failed to protect the health and dignity of New York State’s residents; we failed to provide all New Yorkers with a livable minimum wage; we failed to return governance to the people through true campaign finance reform and independent redistricting and we failed to provide mandate relief to the overburdened taxpayers of this state.”
He closes with a jab at the Republican majority in the Senate, urging them to “join the Democratic conference to provide the progressive leadership this state deserves.”
It’s the second time in a week that Sampson has used the “Tale of Two Sessions” line, the first being his end-of-session remarks on the Senate floor last week.
The GOP holds a slim 33-29 hold on the Senate, and a 63rd seat in the chamber will be added for 2013.
Here’s the letter, blasted out to Senate Dems’ supporters earlier today: