Independence Party Chairman To IDC: “A Coalition Would Have My Full Support and Endorsement”

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In an op-ed set to appear tomorrow in the Journal News, the state Independence Party chairman says he backs the effort by the Independent Democratic Conference to create a coalition government in the state Senate.

“I have no doubt that a coalition government between the IDC and the Republican conference would produce tremendous, bi-partisan accomplishments for the people of New York,” the Independence Party chairman Frank MacKay wrote. “That’s why such a coalition would have my full support and endorsement.”

The Independence Party is the state’s third largest party and has largely been aligned with Democrats. It backed Gov. Andrew Cuomo two years ago, and his support was critical to the party’s survival.

So it’s worth noting his connection the party and now its leader’s position to back the IDC’s move to create a third conference in the fractured state Senate — particularly as the IDC is likely to join forces with Senate Republicans to keep the majority out of Democrats’ hands.

Mackay notes the strong working relationship among Cuomo, the IDC and Senate Republicans.

“Over the past two years, the Independent Democratic Conference has helped to produce extraordinary bi-partisan results for New Yorkers,” MacKay wrote. “Having worked together to pass a property tax cap, an on-time budget, and a more efficient government work force, the IDC, alongside the Republican conference and Governor Cuomo, has gotten New York back on track. I’ve learned one thing during this time: bi-partisanship is clearly working here in New York.”

The full op-ed is after the jump:

November 29, 2012

From: Frank MacKay, State Chairman

Recently, party composition of the New York State Senate has generated an overwhelming amount of media attention. At the fulcrum of this debate are four accomplished senators: Sen. Jeff Klein, Sen. David Carlucci, Sen. Diane Savino, and Sen. David Valesky. I am proud to say that the New York State Independence Party endorsed all four senators in their reelection campaigns this November.

In 2011, these senators took the bold step of forming the Independent Democratic Conference. After two years of what can only be described as dysfunction, these four senators were determined to form a conference that was serious about legislating. Since their formation, that’s exactly what they’ve done.

Over the past two years, the Independent Democratic Conference has helped to produce extraordinary bi-partisan results for New Yorkers. Having worked together to pass a property tax cap, an on-time budget, and a more efficient government work force, the IDC, alongside the Republican conference and Governor Cuomo, has gotten New York back on track. I’ve learned one thing during this time: bi-partisanship is clearly working here in New York.

That’s what makes recent press reports so exciting. According to officials in each conference, discussions are underway to establish a historic bi-partisan coalition of senators to govern the state Senate.

Over the past two years, these Democrats and the Republican conference have been informal partners in the effort to rebuild New Yorkers’ confidence in our government. I have every reason to believe that, should they decide to combine their talents to form a true coalition government, these conferences will continue, if not accelerate, the progress that we are making as a state.

As a voter and a local leader, I work to elect representatives that will be strong advocates for the interests of my family and for my community, rather than for single-minded interest groups. That’s because I know that we can only achieve meaningful, lasting progress when both parties sit-down to work out their differences. As the past two years have shown, it’s clear that a bi-partisan approach can work in New York.

Bi-partisanship isn’t always easy. But as we’ve seen across the country, crossing party lines is an essential piece to overcoming our biggest challenges. Two years ago, the members of the Independent Democratic Conference bravely decided to break the mold of politicians who are beholden to the party machine. By focusing on serious, reform minded legislation, these senators have shown that they can rise above partisan infighting and deliver meaningful results.

I have no doubt that a coalition government between the IDC and the Republican conference would produce tremendous, bi-partisan accomplishments for the people of New York. That’s why such a coalition would have my full support and endorsement.

Sincerely,

Frank M. MacKay
Independence Party of New York
State Chair

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  1. Anyway you look at this, the taxpayer has won & the likes of George Latimer are out of any policy making positions. Still not sure why anyone supported that guy but he’s our senator now so good luck to him. Let’s hope the Republican’s keep him on a short leash. We don’t need any more of his taxing ways.

  2. And only 3 mill spent. Think of all the plugs cohen could have gotten to cover his bad plug job with the dough. Just terrible.