Democrat Sen.-Elect Felder To Sit With Republicans


Senate Republicans, despite their Election Day losses, took a big step toward keeping its majority today when Democratic Sen-elect Simcha Felder of Brooklyn said he will sit with the Republican conference.

Felder had not previously indicated what he would do. The move means Republicans have secured 31 seats in the 63-seat chamber. There are two undecided races — between Republican George Amedore and Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk and Republican Sen. Stephen Saland and Democrat Terry Gipson — and if Republicans win won, they will retain the majority.

Here’s Felder’s statement: (h/t to Capital Tonight for the fine scoop)

“From the moment I began my campaign for Senate, I made clear that the priorities of my district will form my agenda in Albany.

“I represent a middle-class community with substantial concerns about the direction of our State. And I have been clear that I will work with any group of Senators who have real economic development and jobs-encouragement ideas, who plan to bring substantial tax relief to the people who elected me, who have compassion for the poor and respect for the middle class, who support the improvement of public education and a plan to ease the burden of tuition-paying parents across New York.

“Earlier today, I met with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. We discussed the issues that concern my constituents. By joining him and the Senate Majority Conference I will be able to serve the people who elected me, and advance a legislative agenda that best meets their needs.

“Accordingly, when the Senate meets in January 2013, I will caucus with my colleagues in the Republican conference. I have enormous respect for the Senators from both parties, but I must choose to caucus with those Senators who will best serve the communities I represent.”


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  1. Did he meet w the Dems to discuss what THEY would do for his “district”? No.

    This is another corrupt, venal deal, cooked by special interests to back the GOP, backed by Cuomo. The will of the NY voter is thwarted by such shenanigans. The most powerful interests don’t want Dem leadership in this state. They make too much $$$ to let Dems actually rule.


  2. Ssmart New Yrkrs on

    The GOP has been shellacked on Nov 6 and had better offer better than lies, ancient ideas, disdain, denial, racist slogans (ie “taking back our country”) and divisive signs appearing on utility poles in Mt Pleasant reading DONT BELIEVE THE LIBERAL MEDIA if they hope to matter in the future.

    This sitting with the Republicans is a stupid move by Felder. He will realize soon what he did was insane once he starts being pushed and manipulated by the Skelos gang.

  3. Dean “The Fox” Skelos keep his end of the “DEAL” and now Simcha is keeping his.

    Klein will follow at the right time, this is all planned out.

    Don’t get upset, this is politics

    Before there was the “Oracle of Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    Power to the People who “VOTE”